AMable has issued its sixth open call, this time for proposals relating to functional products that require the use of Additive Manufacturing to be realised. Coordinated by Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany, AMable is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and runs under the umbrella of the European Commission’s initiative ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS), with the aim of accelerating the uptake of Additive Manufacturing by SMEs.
This open call aims to enable SMEs to take up Additive Manufacturing with the help of financial support and AMable Services. These services target the support and training of employees in the areas of design for AM, technology development, skills and education, and to support business development.
To be selected for support, applicants must submit an innovative idea for an additively manufactured functional product, where the successful realisation would be economically and technologically viable. The proposal needs to describe the product idea, its innovation and a strong business case for the European market (revenue, labour, societal impact).
Challenges connected to the product idea, which the applicant intends to resolve with the help of AMable services, must also be outlined, along with a list of expected expenses and efforts to conduct the experiment.
AMable foresees two experimentation modes being included in the project: Feasibility Study (FS) Experiments, and Best Practice (BP) Experiments. The criteria for selection are the impact of the experiment and the anticipated result, the excellence of the idea and approach, and the quality and efficiency of the implementation.
The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2020. The project budget is estimated to be around €900,000.