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 Additive Manufacturing Programmes

NLR has finished a four years AM programme that was executed together with TNO in the period 2014 – 2018. In this AM Phase 1 programme a consortium of industry, research institutes and universities has explored the L-PBF (Laser Powder Bed Fusion) process including topics as process optimisation, quality assurance, process qualification, part certification, design values, post processing and design rules and tools.

NLR has started a Phase II AM program mid 2019 joined by most of the partners from the Phase I project extended with some new partners.

This Phase II programme focuses on continued research and development of high-tech, high specifications products. Participation to this Phase II program is still possible, participating in the Phase II AM programme will give you the possibility to

  • give you access to advanced Additive Manufacturing capabilities
  • let you have strong interaction with fellow participants
  • get intensive support and sharing of knowledge
  • develop new or optimised high tech products
  • apply new materials for demanding applications
  • develop new manufacturing strategies.

NLR brings in over 45 years of advanced product development for aerospace applications, ranging from preliminary design to certified product, covering a wide variety of disciplines. NLR also has available dedicated facilities for advanced product manufacturing and testing.

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  • 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
  • MAMTeC
  • 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