EWI has initiated an IRaD focused on materials, processes, and technical needs for plastics additive manufacturing (AM). This program will examine both thermoplastic and thermoset materials, composites, and processes. While almost 75% of all AM involves polymer materials, a large portion of that is used for making models or curiosities. In this program, EWI strives to define the technology gaps that need to be filled to make polymer AM viable for producing useful parts from advanced materials. We are looking for input regarding potential end uses and desired performance for plastic components produced by AM. Please forward your comments regarding your needs and wants in polymer AM. Your comments will not be shared outside of EWI, but could impact the research being conducted. Now is your turn to be heard.
Also check out the Additive Manufacturing Consortium which is housed at EWI. This is an industry group of interested companies that work together to further the technical growth of AM. You can find out more about the AMC at www.ewi.org. Click on the Centers tab for more information.