The use of lightweight components stands or falls on the choice of materials. Product value, product costs, production costs, development costs and risks are, however, difficult to estimate when dealing with lesser known materials such as composites. The seventh white paper focusses on tooling for composites.


Before taking the step towards 3D printing it is essential to know which components would be interesting to produce with 3D printing technology. A questionnaire can help you to determine the potential of your range of products.

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Would a generally applicable tool help polishing experts when polishing basic shapes and surfaces of one‑of‑a‑kind objects, such as injection moulds? Sirris wants to find out... You can help us and benefit from the results!

Many organisations recognise the need for the circular economy and what it might bring. The key question remains: how to progress towards this economy within your organisation? What steps can you take? What is the most relevant and priority action to undertake?

To benefit from 3D printing, its potential needs to be integrated into the product design. This means that features and internal structures can be made that would be impossible with traditional manufacturing technologies. In addition, technology needs to be integrated into the entire production chain alongside other technologies. Sirris is focusing on both aspects.

Designs using more than one material can provide solutions that are not feasible with single materials. But how do you join these different materials? Sirris and BIL are holding a seminar on 24 October about joining dissimilar materials.

Adidas has also learned that coatings offer a solution to everyday problems. The shoe manufacturer has just launched a new sneaker especially for the Oktoberfest in Munich. What’s special about this shoe is not what you see, but what you don’t see.

A huge project of innovation by additive technologies has been launched in Wallonia; it should lift the technological barriers to transfer to industry by responding to the needs expressed by companies.

On Thursday 21 September 2017, BERA together with VLIZ, TWEED, and IBN Offshore Energy (in which OWI-Lab is involved), organises an industry-meets-science event that focusses on connecting Belgian wind industry with research institutes.

In general the cost of a patent is high. Before starting to file a patent application, you should think about the expenses incurred against the expected benefits. This webcast explains what costs should be allowed for according to the territories in which protection of your invention is required.