At April 2020 saw an online meeting in the framework of the project I2P:From Idea to Printing of Metal Construction. The discussion gathered representatives of all the project’s partner universities: Lulea University of Technology (Sweden), the University of Oulu (Finland), UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Norway) and Northern Arctic Federal University (Russia). NArFU was represented by a working group consisiting of researchers and experts from its Higher School of Engineering, Higher School of Information Technologies and Automated Systems and an employee of the International Cooperation Department.
We remind that the partners’ joint work is aimed at developing innovative 3D printing and introducing the technologies at regional enterprises.
Among the main issues on the agenda were the timeframe for the creation of a new BEAR cooperation platform on additive manufacturing in industry, launch of experimenting with a 3D printer acquired by the Lead Partner and joint testing of the obtained samples. An important working package within the project is devoted to analyzing the economic and ecological situation in regional technology, comparing and searching for environmentally friendly approaches in additive manufacturing. Under the supervision of experts from UiT The Arctic University of Norway an analysis of BEAR SMB market has been started. The work is expected to help assess the existing manufacturing capabilities for 3D printing. To advance the research, NArFU has been collaborating with the Association of Oil and Gas Suppliers SOZVEZDYE, also a partner to the project, as well as involving for expert support researchers from its own Higher School of Economics, Management and Law.
The working group continues monitoring industrial demand for those steel and light alloy parts that can possibly be produced via 3D printing. So far two main customers have been identified. ООО Avtomatika-Sever and ООО Severny Reyd have already submitted their 3D models. Having analyzed the projects, the experts forwarded the models for printing as metal samples. Upon completion of the printing, the experts plan to conduct a wide range of studies, including an investigation of the items’ mechanical properties, micro- and macro-structural analysis, chromatographic research of the samples’ chemical composition.
Despite the obstacles posed by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the postponement of the next project meeting and the first thematic seminar in Sweden, the international team is active and working.