Do you need
What we have
  • One-off products, prototypes or small series
  • Development and optimisation of Metal-AM applications
  • Determination of mechanical properties and microstructure of your Metal-AM product compared to the conventionally made original
  • Support in making your Metal-AM business case
  • Trade-off studies to compare Metal-AM with conventional processes
  • Development of procedures for Certification of your Metal-AM products
  • Support with implementation of Metal AM technology in your organisation
  • Numerical prediction of cracking and support failure during AM-production
  • Numerical prediction of the deformed part shape after AM-production
  • MAMTeC, the Metal Additive Manufacturing Centre in the Netherlands
  • An enthusiastic multidisciplinary team of researchers
  • Experience with deposition and powder bed fusion techniques with focus on titanium, nickel and aluminium alloys
  • Heat treatment facilities for stress relieve and improvement of mechanical properties under protective atmosphere
  • Knowledge of and experience in aerospace certification and qualification processes
  • Knowledge of design rules, build preparation, topology optimization
  • Numerical tools to predict cracking and failure of supports during the build and the deformed shape of the part after production. Software tools are based on an open-source toolchain and use a layer by layer finite element approach. NLR can perform these simulations for you applying its experience with AM and the interpretation of these numerical results. The software tools can also be shared with customers because they are based on an open source tool chain.

NLR-TNO Additive Manufacturing Programme

This successful Metal Additive Manufacturing programme is based on industry demand. The four years programme started in 2015. Participation is still possible until the end of 2016!

Which results can you expect?

  • An efficient method to determine optimum processing parameters
  • A database with design values
  • Metal-AM Design guide lines, methods and tools
  • A cost model for metal-AM products
  • Knowledge of post-processing for metal-AM; powder removal, heat treatments, surface finishing
  • Material qualification and process certification methodologies for metal-AM
  • Optimised technology demonstrators
  • Insight in technical and economical opportunities and challenges.

The following premises are applicable:

  • Companies annually contribute 50 k€ or 30 k€ and 20 k€ in-kind
  • SME’s annually contribute 25 k€ for a Premium membership (opportunity to bring in a demonstrator and seat in the Program Board) or 15 k€ for access to all technical results
  • Participation is for a four year term
  • Annual adjustments of the programme possible if required
  • All results will become available for all programme members

Related Issues

  • 3d metal printing
  • 3d printer
  • 3d printing metal parts
  • 3d printing service
  • 3d prototyping
  • Additive layer manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Advanced design optimisation for AM
  • Anisotropy in additive manufacturing
  • Design rules for Additive Manufacturing
  • Design tools for Additive Manufacturing
  • Direct Metal
  • Direct Metal Deposition
  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering
  • Direct Metal Tooling
  • Direct Tooling
  • Functionally graded materials
  • Graded materials
  • Heat treatment
  • Laser additive manufacturing
  • Laser Cusing
  • Laser Engineered
  • Laser Fabrication
  • Laser Material Deposition
  • Laser scanning strategy
  • Layered Manufacturing
  • Material microstructure
  • Metal 3D printing
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Metal rapid prototyping
  • Microstructure
  • Net Shaping
  • Network topology
  • Porosity of additive manufactured parts
  • Powder bed fusion Powder bed heating
  • Process parameter optimisation
  • Rapid Manufacturing
  • Rapid Prototyping in metal
  • Rapid Tooling
  • Selective Laser Melting
  • Selective laser sintering
  • Solid Freeform Fabrication
  • Solid printing
  • Stereolithography
  • Support structure
  • Surface roughness