New research in 3D printing will be made available via open platforms allowing curious companies access to knowledge about the processes behind it.

David Bue Pedersen, who heads up the DTU 3D printing research group, has received a grant for a 5-year research project perfecting the the processes behind 3D printing technologies – especially when it comes to geometric precision and mechanical applications. The project will cover 3D printing with both metal and plastic, more commonly known as additive manufacturing.

"It will be super relevant for Danish industry to have access to knowledge and expertise about how 3D printing can be more widely used in production."
Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Executive Director

The project will describe physical snd digital systems behind the two most popular industrial 3D printing methods within metal and photo polymer printing via a modularisation of the processes. Afterwards, an open architecture will be created and all documentation behind the architecture (hardware, electronics, source codes will be made publicly available, allowing researchers and industry to drive further development within this field.

DTU’s photo polymer 3D-printer. Photo: DTU Mechanical Engineering

Research in 3D printing is on the rise, albeit concentrated on design and materials as well as quality assurance.

"You need skills within many disciplines such as construction, physics, chemistry and process technology to develop new processes that are faster, better and more cost efficient."
David Bue Pedersen, DTU Mechanical Engineering

These skills are all present in the DTU research group and will push existing state-of-the art within 3D-printing.

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