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Manufacturing processes for complex structures and geometries with efficient use of material


Specific challenge:In current market and technological context, mechanical products have to be designed and produced taking into account structural optimisation (which often involves complex structures and geometries) and economically efficient production (i.e. productive and flexible manufacturing).  Automated manufacturing of complex geometries, such as additive manufacturing, can be related to issues such as 3D structured, multi-layered and hybrid materials, joining issues or the joint-free realisation of complex shapes. Moreover, newer constraints are coming from requirements of sustainability in production processes (resource and energy efficiency), both through additional regulations and through the increased materials and energy costs. The main aims in the manufacturing of complex structures are quality and productivity with minimum use of material and energy.

Scope: Three complementary approaches can be considered: Innovative resource-efficient manufacturing processes (through