The Norman NAE cluster launches its polymer additive manufacturing platform

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The Normandie Polymers Additive Manufacturing platform aims to raise awareness among relevant stakeholders in order to show the capabilities and interest of such technology for their products or processes.

Mobilize the interest in polymer additive manufacturing

The creation of the Normandie Polymères Additive Manufacturing platform was born from an observation: “if additive manufacturing has already proven itself to functionalize materials, accelerate development times and reinforce agility in design and production, it remains “still efforts need to be made to raise awareness among stakeholders in order to show the capabilities and interest of such technology for their products or processes”, the NAE division emphasizes. The ambition is to “develop the appropriation of this innovative manufacturing process by a greater number of companies and to raise awareness among young people about additive manufacturing to train the skills of tomorrow. Coming from the Arkema and Francofil platforms, it already brings together shared expertise and resources.

Start-ups, industrialists, researchers, young people and teachers

Subsidized by the Normandy Region under the “Collaborative Projects” scheme and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, this platform aims to develop an innovation and competitiveness tool at the service of Norman stakeholders: teachers, students, researchers, start-ups and industrialists, to develop the appropriation of this innovative manufacturing process. They will have access to these shared resources, cutting-edge expertise as well as feasibility studies.

More than 20 research projects identified

The platform brings together several regional partners: Arkema, CESI, 3 D&G, Demgy, Francofil, INSA Rouen Normandie (GPM), MSC Scanning, NAE, NES 3D and Polyvia Formation. More than 20 research projects have already been identified and will be funded in 4 themes which constitute the technological obstacles to be overcome: raw materials/product, robustness of processes, finishing operation and recycling/life cycle.

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