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New equipment in advanced digital manufacturing

Description

This proposal focuses on the Fab LAb (Fabrication Laboratory) concept, which is a digital fabrication workshop for personal use, i.e. a space for the production of physical objects on a personal or local scale that brings together machines controlled by computers. Its particularity lies in its size and its strong link with society rather than industry.

CARTIF has always had a close relationship with the University, and more specifically with the School of Industrial Engineering. The added value for the UVA Fab Lab of incorporating CARTIF as a fundamental pillar in its structure would mean that it would be able to establish itself as one of Castilla y León’s technological benchmarks in both research and development and innovation.

The creation of this Fab Lab aims to be a working resource, capable of connecting creators, companies and educators in the laboratory’s processes, through residency programmes, internships, collaborations and shared research, as well as offering its resources open to the public through open days and a membership programme which allows access to the use of the machinery for their own projects.

Objectives

  • Increase the technological capacities of CARTIF
  • Strengthen the nowadays research lines
  • Open new business lines

Actions

The acquisition of the proposed equipment is complemented by the machinery currently available at the UVA Fab Lab facilities. The aim is to have two sites, one located in the Science Park and oriented towards academic, teaching, training and prototype manufacturing aspects for students and researchers, and another located in the CARTIF Technology Centre where research and industrial developments oriented towards knowledge transfer to companies will be carried out, driving research and development projects in both national and European calls for proposals.

Expected results

  • Additive Manufacturing: Expansion of the existing FDM technology to FDM printers with two extruders that allow the combination of materials.
  • CNC Machining and CNC Cutting: Acquisition of an automatic machining control centre that allows working in three-dimensional space thanks to the four axes, with sufficient spindle power to work methacrylate, wood, aluminium or steel.
  • 3D scanners: The acquisition of a laser is proposed to replace the one currently discontinued and unused in the Heritage area, and to enable the leap to high-level digitalisation.

INFRASTRUCTURES CYL 2021

File: 2021 CCTT 09

CARTIF total budget: 104,500.00 €
CARTIF Grant: 52,250.00€

Cofinanced by FEDER founds contributing to the OT1 objective “Promote the technological development, innovation and a quality research” from the FEDER Operative Programme of Castilla y León.

Responsible

Luis Miguel González

Division of Industrial and Digital Systems

luirod@cartif.es

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