Additive Manufacturing Collaborations

More on how Granta supports Additive Manufacturing 

AMAZEAMAZE (a European Union FP7 project)

Type: Active Collaborative Project


Partners: Airbus Defense and Space, Avio, AvioProp, BAE Systems, BCT, Bombardier, Concept Laser, Cranfield University, EPA Lausanne, ESA, ESI, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Fraunhofer, Granta Design, Irepa Laser, Manchester University, Monash University, MTC, Norsk Titanium, Politecnico di Torino, Renishaw, Swansea University, Tecnalia, Thales Alenia Space, Trumpf, UKAEA, University of Birmingham, Volvo

The goal of the Additive Manufacturing Aiming Towards Zero Waste & Efficient Production of High-Tech Metal Products (AMAZE) project is to rapidly produce large defect-free additively-manufactured (AM) metallic components up to 2m in size, ideally with close to zero waste, for use in the following high-tech sectors namely: aeronautics, space, automotive, nuclear fusion and tooling. The team is the largest and most ambitious ever assembled on this topic. Granta is providing an overarching materials information management system for the consortium as a single go-to source of knowledge on materials, processes and properties for process refinement and coordination. We are also involved in data provision for simulation activities.


Manudirect project (a European Union FP7 project)

Type: Completed Collaborative Project

A European Nanotechnologies Project that aimed to provide industry with a new platform for manufacturing nano-materials and structures using a high productivity, high resolution, direct, one step laser sintering process. Granta managed materials data relating to the project and to model the behavior of micro-managed materials. Granta acknowledges funding from this project that helped with initial development work on the Hybrid Synthesizer product. Manudirect is EU project contract no NMP2-CT-2006-026467.

Nanomicro logoNanoMicro (a European Union FP7 project)

Type: Completed Collaborative Project


Partners: Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, MBN nanomaterialia, microLS, INOV, Manudirect srl, Granta Design, University of Cambridge, MATRES s.r.c.l., Laser Zentrum Hannover, Datalogic SpA, Telemaq

The NanoMicro project provided the manufacturing industry with an entirely nano-micro-manufacturing platform, by way of a new micron-scale resolution and an innovative direct parallel-deposition process. The process was be able to deliver a layer-wise manufacturing approach using highly focalized powder/heat fluxes. Granta undertook materials design and selection activities for the project partners, balancing ecological materials selection criteria with product cost. Granta developed additional functionality for the Hybrid Synthesizer in CES Selector to support the assessment of novel hybrid materials for the manufacture of high performance micro parts.

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Step-up logoStep-Up (a European Union FP7 project)

Type: Completed Collaborative Project

Website: European Commission Project Page

Partners: BMW, MBN Nanomaterialia S.p.A., MATRES s.c.r.l.,University of Cambridge, Granta Design

"Step Up in Polymer Based Rapid Manufacturing Processes" provided a wide variety of innovative Selective Laser Sintering systems to enable the creation of "final components" through the employment of innovative nano-charged polymers. A mechano-chemical approach was used for the development of these innovative nanocomposites. Granta undertook  materials eco-design and selection activities, collaborating on SLS materials data modeling, as well as providing materials data handling for the project partners. Granta provided expertise on the simulation of polymer hybrid materials for Selective Laser Sintering, enabling a broadening of the materials palette available for this manufacturing route and building knowledge on available SLS polymers.