Innovation for Digital Fabrication (DIGINOVA)

The DIGINOVA project examined how digital fabrication can transform the nature of global manufacturing and its increasing influence on a wide range of areas, including positive benefits for health.

Digital fabrication, uses computer-controlled tools and novel processes to transform digital designs directly into useful physical products. Using digital data, 3D printers print multiple thin layers of materials such as polymer or metal which are then fused by lasers to form solid objects. Traditional mass-manufacturing will move towards global distribution of digital design and specification files that will form the basis of local production. This will reduce manufacturing costs, allow a higher level of customisation, allow geometric freedom for manufacturing and design, simpler supply chain and provide on-demand production.

The DIGINOVA project was led by OCE TECHNOLOGIES B.V. in The Netherlands, part of the Canon group. The DIGINOVA consortium consisted of four large companies, seven small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and nine research institutes from across seven European countries.

Project Duration: 24 Months
Project Start: 1st March 2012
Academic Lead: Professor Zulfiqur Ali
Funding: €1,265,785

This project received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 290559 in theme NMP.2011.2.3-3.

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