3D products in black materialThe SLS printer, which works with bio-based PA11 material (polyamide), has a superior quality in terms of material strength, accuracy and productivity compared to the simpler plastic wire printers that are found here and there.
A superior quality- Our hope is that all our engineering students will be able to use additive manufacturing in at least one course during their education, says Jonas Detterfelt, vice president at the Department of Industrial and Economic Development (IEI). In 2022, we will also start two new courses on additive manufacturing. A distance learning course for lifelong learning and a course for program students.
A first stepThis is the first step in a larger investment in additive manufacturing.
- The procurement process for a metal printer is ongoing and that equipment will hopefully be in place during the spring. But we are also looking at equipment for research-based production of metal powder. Then, in cooperation with partners and expertise from other institutions and industrial companies, we will be able to take a big step forward in terms of the technology for additive manufacturing of metals, says Johan Moverare, professor of construction materials at IEI.
Already this year, two doctoral students have completed their dissertations in AM at IEI, and even more are on the way in 2022.