Within the framework of the ERDF project, the IAWATHA portfolio falls within axe 2 ‘Innovation 2020’, the aim of which is to contribute towards the key initiatives of the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, focusing on innovation. It is comprised of 11 projects entrusted to 7 partner research centres and universities (SIMATHA for CENAERO, CERAMTOP and CERAMPLUS for CRIBC, POSTRAM and VAMETAM for CRM, AMANUMATERs for UCL, OPSTRUCFAD for ULB, OPVAL for ULiège, EXIATAS and RIATAS for SIRRIS).

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The key objectives are to remove the obstacles to technology transfer towards industry, by satisfying industrial needs through existing skills and the potential offered by additive manufacturing techniques.

With support from competitiveness clusters (Mécatech and Skywin) and from the AGORIA federation, the consortium formed around the IAWATHA portfolio has contacted the industrial partners that expressed their needs by means of a support letter. Fifty Wallonian industrial partners have responded and assured their support for the project. The key needs expressed by these sponsors are as follows:

  • To learn about the characteristics of products from additive manufacturing, in order to position themselves with regard to conventional techniques
  • To control costs for integration within the production chain
  • To access information and demonstrations
  • To access training
  • To validate materials
  • To obtain specificities, such as weight reduction, large parts, etc.
  • To produce added value

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To do so, IAWATHA has been divided into 5 technical phases:

  1. VALID: validation of additive technologies and their materials aimed at certification via the clarification of the physical and chemical characteristics between standard and additive techniques
  2. LATTICE: provision of the necessary tools for designing parts for production by additive manufacturing, via the characterisation of the geometry, microstructures and mechanical performance of structures, together with performance optimisation assisted by digital modelling.
  3. OPTITECH: implementation of strategies towards the robust optimisation of additive manufacturing processes, aimed at improving part production capacity, at optimising parameters and at integrating process aspects as from the design phase.
  4. OPTIMAT: development of new metals and ceramics, adapted to additive manufacturing and presenting improved performance, via new strategies in particular.
  5.  POST: improvement of volumetric properties (mechanical, density, etc.), surface properties (support layer, roughness, porosity, etc.) and dimensional accuracy (post-operation). 

The budget allocated by the ERDF fund and Wallonia for the global project is in the region of €10 million, €3.7 million of which are reserved for equipment and facilities.

The skills provided by each partner can be summarised as follows:

  1. SIRRIS: command of AM equipment, 3D design, command of certain post-treatment processes and certain characterisations.
  2. CENAERO: development of multidisciplinary digital methodologies.
  3. CRM: knowledge of metallic materials, fine structure characterisation, post-treatment processes.
  4. CRIBC: knowledge of ceramics.
  5. ULB: modelling of heterogeneous mediums, microstructure characterisation associated with mechanical properties.
  6. UCL: study of metallic materials and polymers, characterisation methods.
  7. ULiège: knowledge of metallic materials, characterisation methods.

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