Neotech AMT of Nuremberg, Germany launched the EU Penta Project “AMPERE” which will develop reliable and scalable hybrid additive manufacturing methods for producing multifunctional mechatronics systems. The project started on April 1st, 2021, and will run until 31 March 2024.
A consortium of 10 leading Research and Industrial partners from Germany and the Netherlands will develop and combine essential AM technologies required for the robust and scalable manufacture of smart 4D mechatronics products. The project will accommodate the manufacture of both small series, mass-customized products whilst scaling through to high production volumes (>10.000 parts). The developed technologies will utilize smart processes to produce novel products containing a combination of integrated mechanical, electrical, and optical functionalities. Three innovative product cases will demonstrate the hybrid manufacturing approach and move beyond the State-of-the-Art: LED luminaires, signal/power electronics, and medical devices.
“The AMPERE project is a hugely exciting and ambitious project in the field of AM and will generate substantial business benefits”, reported Dr. Martin Hedges, Managing Director of Neotech. “The project will enable unique product designs, that for the first time combine mechanical, electrical, and optical functionalities produced at the industrial scale. Furthermore, the flexible nature of the developed production systems will allow faster response to changes in the market and open up new application areas for this emerging technology”.