There are several very different ways or technologies to produce parts with additive manufacturing. The ASTM ranges them in seven categories. Because they work differently, specific rules have to be followed if you intend to design a part with one of them. In this second blog, we discuss the different principles.

Can additive manufacturing revolutionise the production of large metallic parts? Combining metal additive manufacturing (AM) techniques with welding techniques is one of the possible options… provided you can produce a quality junction. Discover this year’s WeldALAM project: a Sirris initiative aimed at exploiting welding techniques, in order to meet this challenge.

In this first blog in a series on design in additive manufacturing we discuss the use, advantages and limitations of additive manufacturing and compare the technology to traditional manufacturing techniques.

3D printing in the industry is an expertise that is becoming increasingly important. This is shown by a recent study in which Sirris collaborated and also by our own experience. After all, Sirris has almost 30 years of experience and expertise in the field, based on which it can offer companies the necessary support.

LED light is on the rise. This is because of the high efficiency, low energy consumption. One of the challenges is shaping the light beam according to customer needs with a minimum of lens material. We are investigating this aspect in collaboration with KU Leuven in the context of the ‘Lighting industry 4.0’ project.

Sirris meets with industrial partners to assess, free of charge, their needs and their innovation strategy via additive manufacturing.

After its success on the first edition for innovative ideas in additively manufactured products, the AMable project provides its services for SMEs and mid-caps within the European Union and launches a new call for experiments.

Signify is one of the last manufacturers of high-intensity discharge lamps, powerful lamps that are used, for example, in football stadiums or as a floodlight for buildings. To this end, it has its own production facilities, in which additive manufacturing plays an increasingly important role in the production of spare parts.

In the context of the ENABLE project Sirris will provide a platform to develop and understand the thermo-physical behaviour of the materials observed during selective laser melting.

At the Advanced Engineering trade event that will take place on 22 and 23 May, Sirris will organise its own lecture programme, presenting four different presentations on different topics within our fields of expertise, under the title ‘Future-proved products are light, smart and micro, to be achieved with advanced engineering methods’.