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Multi-material add-on Software for WAAM systems
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UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)
This innovation contributes to the following SDG(s)
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

The UN explains: "Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure."

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

The UN explains: "Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.

The EU-funded Research Project
This innovation was developed under the Horizon 2020 project MULTI-FUN with an end date of 31/08/2023
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Description of Project MULTI-FUN
MULTI-FUN sets a clear focus on market-creating innovation, developing advanced materials and equipment for Additive Manufacturing of multi-material parts. These new material combinations will provide a significant performance & efficiency gain in MAM products by fully integrated multi-functionalities based on novel active materials and enable MULTI-MATERIAL design in geometrically complex 3D metal parts without size limitations by innovative, cost-effective AM technologies. The novel integrated functionalities include embedded electrical conductivity, fibre-optical sensing features or innovative heat management concepts, incl. applying nanotechnologies in at least 3 variants. Leading experts in AM process & equipment manufacturing (from SMEs, IND, RTOs and UNIV) will fully cover the physical integration of these advanced materials into metallic substrates. Significant improvements in efficiency, quality & reliability of products will result in KPI numbers beyond the request (>40%), alongside reduced environmental impact as well as lower costs also much better than the given number of >35%. The evaluation assessment (reg. general performance & quality of novel functionalities) and LCA will be performed on 7 industrial demonstrators, addressing structural parts, moulds and test equipment for aerospace, automotive and general industrial usage. By wide usage of cost-effective wire & arc-based AM systems, complemented by efficient powder processing methods (esp. thin multi-material features), market uptake will be benefited, esp. for SMEs. MULTI-FUN includes 9 EU SMEs as key players in advanced materials research for AM, providing a great opportunity to accelerate market uptake. Stakeholder involvement (e.g. reg. Certification & Standardization) will foster business models & marketing of strong USPs of MULTI-FUN.

Innnovation Radar's analysis of this innovation is based on data collected on 10/10/2022.
The unique id of this innovation in the European Commission's IT systems is: 110343