Dec 1, 2017 | By Benedict

Composites company Kordsa and Sabanci University, both from Turkey, have established the Directional Composites Through Manufacturing Innovation (DiCoMi) project to develop composites for 3D printing. The European Union has provided 3 million euros ($3.55M) in funding.

System, software, and material development are all important aspects of improving the composites additive manufacturing process, and all three will be tackled during Kordsa and Sabanci University’s newly announced Directional Composites Through Manufacturing Innovation project.

Funded by a 3 million euro grant from the European Union, DiCoMi will be run by a joint consortium that includes both Kordsa and Sabanci University, and will involve the participation of 16 project partners from 11 countries under the EU’s Horizon 2020 program.

Kordsa says the project will strengthen its own “global reinforcer position,” while also enabling domestic and foreign workers from both inside and outside of the EU to take part.

It will all take place at the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, a facility established by Kordsa and Sabanci University that has been officially qualified as an R&D Center by the Turkish authorities and is considered a pioneering establishment within the country for its university-industry collaborative business model.

At the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, participants in the DiCoMi project will take part in R&D, innovation, and production tasks to develop new additive manufacturing solutions.

Established in 1973, Kordsa is the world’s leading manufacturer of industrial nylon and polyester yarn, tire cord fabric, and single-end cord. The company also develops intermediate products and applications in the field of composite reinforcement for customers in aviation, automotive, sports equipment, wind turbines, marine, and other industries.

It is this wide experience in composite reinforcement that will help the company, along with Sabanci University and the project’s various partners, develop reinforced 3D printing composites, as well as new additive manufacturing systems and software.

The EU’s Horizon 2020 innovation program, the entity funding the DiCoMi project, has also helped a number of other ambitious additive manufacturing projects over the last few years.

Back in April, a consortium of 10 major companies, universities, and research institutes joined forces for the EU-backed LASIMM project, an effort to build a huge hybrid additive manufacturing system. The project involves BAE Systems, Autodesk, Foster + Partners, and several others.

Sticking with its preference for acronyms, the Horizon 2020 program also helped fund the BARBARA 3D printing project, in which 11 organizations are combining their resources to turn food waste into 3D printable biopolymers.

 

 

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