Challenges

Laser-based Additive Manufacturing (AM) is increasingly applied in industry due to its advantages around flexible and personalized production with a minimum start-up time.

HyProCell takes advantage of the most recent advances in the ICT technologies to integrate processes (laser-based AM and subtractive manufacturing), enabling machine interaction, optimising work flow and improving work piece and data handling, among other developments. Therefore, the Project has the potential to enable rapid individualised production for aerospace, energy and AM service bureau businesses.

HyProCELL tackles two main challenges:

  • Industrial challenges associated with use cases.
    In the defined uses cases, the manufacturing of components with different geometries and materials is required. Apart from specific requirements, all of the use cases reflect the need ofmaking production systems more productive, flexible and with reduced down times.
  • From validated technologies to industrial facilities.
    The work in HyProCell will enable the transition from current TRL 5 to TRL 7 for the LBAM focused integrated multiprocess production cells based on the combination of additive and subtractive manufacturing.

Objectives

HyProCell’s general objectives are:

  • To develop and demonstrate a new concept of multiprocess production cell.
  • To implement them at industrial level and validate them in pilot facilities.

Impact

HyProCell has direct technological and industrial impacts, as well as indirect environmental and social ones. All of them are timely considering the need to increase Europe’s competitiveness in global markets, comply with environmental policies and creation of highly skilled jobs.

Innovation highlights

The Project Innovation Highlights cover areas such as CAx Tools, Automation/MES, Robotics and LBAM machine enhancements.

Progress

HyProCell has successfully completed the production of real parts in autumn 2019 using its pilot manufacturing cells.