Concept and objetives
Additive manufacturing (AM) has been highlighted as a key technology with potential for creating sustainable high value European based employment, addressing societal issues and supporting environmental sustainability. The processes based on Additive Manufacturing spans many industries, including automotive, medical, aeronautics, defense, capital and consumer goods and do-it-yourself concept, energy, etc. Moreover, AM has demonstrated to possess the capability to generate future revenues, to develop novel disruptive business models, not seen up to date, that could help to keep manufacturing in Europe competing with emergent countries.All those are heavyweight reasons for Europe to make specific efforts to define a plan of action in the field.
On this basis, FoFAM project takes up the challenge of clustering developments on AM technologies and associated regimes to develop a strategy to ensure AM industrial deployment. It aimsto enable the integration of AM key outcomes under the PPP “Factories of The Future (FoF)” to push them to market by promoting synergies and identifying appropriate mechanisms to stimulate exploitation, transfer and coordination among all key actors.
For a complete success strategy not only technology stakeholders but also policy makers at European level but more importantly at regional level should also be involved. In this sense, the project includes high involvement of European regions to ensure an efficient use of structural funds associated to them. Effective cross-sectorial and cross-national interactions will be pursued by promoting alliances in alignment with the research and innovation strategies for manufacturing smart specialisation of European regions (RIS3).
FoF projects being devoted to the development and industrial implementation of the AM technologies and their key project outputs will be analysed and clustered. For that, specific sector value chains (VC) in key sectors where the implementation of AM technologies have great potential for major economic impact will be defined. Key results identified will be clustered along the specific chains for the target products identifiying the gaps and defining strategic actionsto tackle them.
Subsequently, the clustering will be aligned with the strategic approach of European regions, bringing an innovative orientation to the project. In this sense, the project will map the specialised regions related to the VC in order to complete the path to market with the final goal of localised key expertises and actors to stimulate inter-linking activities and alliances.
Finally, all this info will be gathered in a strategic roadmap that will reflect the main results, including opportunities and market trends identified in combination with the AM related technology capabilities and enablers localised within the projects and European regions.