Tom Jacobs
Samuel Milton

A consortium of Flemish educational institutions - Thomas More and the De Nayer campus of the University of Leuven - and knowledge institutions - IBS and Sirris - have investigated the use of WAAM (Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing) in a production chain. This was part of a European project. It yielded some new insights into the technology.

Mahdi Tabassian

Although the additive manufacturing (AM) technology has evolved substantially over the last decades, the overall end-to-end process involves many complex steps and still today requires manual input from an engineer at crucial points. Sirris has been collaborating with Materialise and Cr3do to create an AM knowledge base that can assist in all major AM steps.

Olivier Rigo

The AMable project provides support for 'design for additive manufacturing' and for developing the AM chain. The AMable Industrial Technology Talk on 8 April is an online event, focusing on additive manufacturing for lightweight air vehicles.

Thomas Kairet

Powder-bed additive manufacturing of pure copper has been the subject of some research over the last few years. The most common laser used in AM machine has a wave length that is poorly absorbed by pure copper. This leads to excess reflection of the energy on the optical system and poor material quality.

Guido Heunen

Belgium is one of the pioneers of additive manufacturing (also known as AM or 3D printing) and, as such, already benefits from a well-developed ecosystem that is ideal for experimenting in the field. Hence, all the conditions are reunited so that you too can reap the benefits of these technologies. All you need is a little helping hand to find out how.

Julien Magnien

Nowadays, it is difficult to find an AM machine, making metal parts at a relatively low cost, making the technology inaccessible for many smaller companies. On 14 December, the FabricAr3v project partners will organise a conference & networking day on low-cost metal 3D printing technologies.

Jan Kempeneers
Samuel Milton

Sirris looked into the feasibility of removing support structures from metal additive manufactured (MAM) parts using cobots. This feasibility study conducted by Sirris is part of a larger work package in the ALMA project in which different approaches to remove the inevitable support structures on Metal Additive Manufactured parts were investigated.

Guido Heunen

The draft ISO/ASTM DIS 52950 'Additive manufacturing - General principles - Overview of data processing' has changed from status DIS ('Draft International Standard'- draft for enquiry, subject to public input) to FDIS ('Final Draft International Standard' - draft for final approval vote).

Guido Heunen
Astrid Dejosé

A newcomer material for additive manufacturing is glass, which is becoming accessible in the form of commercially available silica charged resins. The Sirris Additive Manufacturing team is exploring the possibilities of these new and highly innovative materials.

Guido Heunen

The draft ISO/ASTM CD 52920 'Additive manufacturing - Qualification principles - Requirements for industrial additive manufacturing' has changed from status CD ('Committee Draft' - draft for enquiry, subject to members input) to DIS ('Draft International Standard' - draft for enquiry, subject to public input).