Program: Horizon 2020 Programme for research and innovation under grant agreement no 685937
The DIMAP (Digital Materials for 3D Printing ) project focuses on the development of novel ink materials for 3D multi-material printing using PolyJet technology. It will advance the state-of-the art of additive manufacturing (AM) through modifications of their fundamental material properties by mainly nano-enhanced inks. This widens the range of current available AM materials and implements functionalities in final objects, like electric or thermal conductivity. Therefore, applications of the PolyJet technology will not be limited to rapid prototyping but can be used directly in production processes. DIMAP will show this transition in two selected application fields: the production of robotic arms/ joints and customised luminaires. In order to cope with these new material classes, the existing PolyJet technology is going to be further developed and therefore improved. The DIMAP project targets the following objectives: additive manufactured joints, additive manufactured luminaires, ceramic enhanced materials, electrically conducting materials, light-weight polymeric materials, high-strength polymeric materials, novel multi-material 3D-printer and safe by design. Further focus points during the material and printer development are workplace safety, risk assessment, collaboration with EU NanoSafety Cluster and life cycle assessment.