Motivation

The CLASCO project is at the forefront of innovation in additive manufacturing (3D printing), focusing on parts with complex geometry (1). These parts are essential for lightweight applications (2), particularly in the aerospace (including aircraft and satellites) and biomedicine (such as implants) sector. Post processing is considered a key element to improve specific properties to make 3d printed parts possible for these high-tech applications (3),(4).

Taking Measures:

  • Weight Reduction with complex geometry parts to reduce materials use. 
  • Property Enhancement for targeted applications: friction, corrosion resistance, and biocompatibility improvement.

The CLASCO Solution:
Increase the functionality of part surfaces by tailoring the surface topography (5) in one efficient machine

Adressing current (global) Challenges:

  • Rough part surfaces after additive manufacturing production process (6): This roughness prevents a targeted surface finish.
  • Sustainability: We incorporate sustainable practices to achieve and optimise our environmental friendliness (material and energy use).
  • Digitisation: Using digital technologies such as artificial intelligence to improve the precision and efficiency of our manufacturing and finishing techniques.

The CLASCO project explores a two step laser process in one machine for achieving fast, digitized, and sustainable post-processing on parts with complex geometries for aerospace and biomedical applications (7).

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