Is additive manufacturing suited for your company?

Sirris meets with industrial partners to assess, free of charge, their needs and their innovation strategy via additive manufacturing.

What hinders them from adopting AM 

Sirris has identified a number of factors hindering the adoption of additive manufacturing within certain companies’ production chain. Two key concerns regularly emerge:

  • Command of product quality and, in particular, rules pertaining to qualification and certification.

  • Lack of knowledge and, in particular, of available specialised training in additive techniques.

The first point has resulted in a number of initiatives by Sirris: participation in the elaboration of standards, study of the influence of manufacturing parameters on the quality of produced parts, improvement of measurement methods on powder characteristics, evaluation of simulation software, etc.).

With regard to the lack of knowledge, Sirris - along with its partners - is currently active in a number of projects aimed at providing corporate training.

How can we progress?

Sirris offers industrial partners the opportunity to meet and to analyse their needs, then to put forward potential solutions associating additive techniques.

Such analysis is important for companies looking to improve their products or their productivity thanks to additive manufacturing.

It is also important for Sirris, for we need to understand their needs in order to develop the right tools to satisfy them, including training programmes.

Training programmes

Two projects were recently launched; the first at regional level, and the second at European level, both of which should result in training tools.

The aim of the first project, MT-FAB, is to develop training modules for technicians. These modules will present the various aspects of the additive manufacturing chain, and will include the range of currently available materials and processes. Training will be targeted based on needs, in particular those of Wallonian industrial partners.

The second project, LILIAM, unites 7 European countries and is aimed at developing training programmes at different levels (operator, designer, engineer) of the additive manufacturing process, and at proffering them with a larger dimension, via the attribution of a certified diploma at European level.

To conclude

Feel free to contact one of Sirris’s specialists and initiate your own analysis process, in order to relieve your company of the technological barriers that currently prevent you from accessing such innovation.