Jan 12, 2018 | By Tess

The Danish Technological Institute in Taastrup will be launching a new 3D printing project worth about $14.3 million (88 million kr.) aimed at encouraging small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt additive manufacturing technologies and exploit their benefits.

The initiative, called AM-LINE 4.0, will consist of a 3D printing center that will be equipped with a number of additive manufacturing technologies, including polymer-based 3D printers, metal 3D printers, heat and surface treatment equipment, other post-processing tools, and quality assurance resources.

The idea behind the 3D printing center is to offer SMEs access to an end-to-end additive manufacturing solution, giving them the benefits of the technology and the ability to capitalize on 3D printing without necessarily having to invest in top-of-the-line equipment.

In other words, the Danish Technological Institute is aiming to give more local SMEs a competitive advantage against larger companies that have invested in 3D printing technologies of their own, for example.

“[The center] will give small businesses a good and clear chance to get started with the new opportunities offered by 3D printers,” commented Kent Damsgaard, director of the Confederation of Danish Industry. “Digitization is important in many areas, important in the development of companies, and here the project can be a lever.”

In addition to providing access to 3D printing equipment and resources, the AM-LINE 4.0 center will also offer small and medium-sized companies training and consulting programs for using and implementing the technology.

“For companies that are new in 3D printing, we will be able to offer a wide range of customized upgrading courses, like shorter inspirational workshops for long-term progress with individual companies,” said Jeppe Skinnerup Byskov, a section leader at the Danish Technological Institute.

Kent Damsgaard, Director of the Confederation of Danish Industry

The $14.3 million investment in the new additive manufacturing facility (which includes $5.7 million from an innovative fund investment) was likely encouraged by a recent poll by the Danish Technological Institute’s business panel, which emphasized the importance of 3D printing and other digital technologies for the economy and local industry.

The AM-LINE 4.0 center is expected to open in Spring 2018 and will be funded for at least the next four years. It is being realized in collaboration with a host of companies including Danfoss, Made, Grundfos, DTU, Scada Minds, and others.

“Digitization is important in many areas in the development of companies, and here the project can be a leverage,” added Damsgaard.

 

 

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