1st Campaign “How can AM post-processing be optimized?”

This first campaign enables interested parties from industry, research and society to create, test and validate promising applications and product ideas based on existing and new technologies and materials. Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies offer huge potential for many sectors of the economy and related applications. In order to profit from these advantages for innovative products, production process chains must be simplified, and made cheaper. Thereby, especially the post-processing of AM parts is often complex, costly and time-consuming.

On the ideation platform, participants can formulate their needs and ideas in order to subsequently identify potential for optimized AM post processing. Participants can team up and work together on solutions to present them to our experts. The best and most promising concepts receive a grant amount of between CHF 10,000.- up to CHF 25,000.-.

Campaign Timeline & Requirements

The AM specialists of the NTN IBAM discussed by the end of 2020 which topic within the additive manufacturing needs to be solved. Finally, the NTN IBAM team decided to start a first campaign in the field of post-processing of AM parts. This process is often complex, costly and time-consuming and often prevents industrialisation.

Start: Monday 22. March 2021
End: Friday 07. May 2021
Ideation platform: Link – First time registrationLog-in for registered usersGuideline “How to get started”
On the ideation platform submitted needs and ideas: Link
 open to everyone
Participants inputs: needs and ideas described in rudimentary form
Support: IBAM E-Mail

Start: Tuesday 18. May 2021, 09:00
End: Tuesday 18. May 2021, 12:00
Invitation: Flyer
Visibility: open for registered participants
Participants inputs:
– fill in matching form and send to NTN IBAM until Friday 14. May 2021
– prepare 5 minute – presentation and send until Monday 17. May 2021
Target: forming teams to hand in proposals
Matching Event presentation: Link

Start: Wednesday 19. May 2021
End: Friday 11. June 2021
Visibility: team only (Involved people sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA) on request)
Participants inputs:
– Teams report the participating members (by using contact fields in proposal form only) until Tuesday 26. May 2021
– Teams hand in the completely filled in proposal form until Friday 11. June 2021
Target: Completely filled in proposal – ready to send them to the experts

Start: Monday 14. June 2021
End: Friday 2. July 2021
Visibility: team, experts and key persons only (Involved people sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA) on request)
– Experts evaluate until Monday 28. June  2021
– The teams confirm that they do not receive any other subsidies for the same project.
– Key persons nominate projects to be funded and communicate results until Friday 2. July 2021
Target: Teams which will be funded are nominated

Start: Monday 04. July 2021
End: Friday 24. September 2021
Visibility: team, experts and key persons only (Involved people sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA) on request)
– Teams work on their topic and realize a prototype until Friday 24. September  2021
– NTN IBAM campaign manager will be informed mid August 2021
Target: Final report a) open to everyone, b) visible for the persons, who sign a NDA

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