Participants in the MiAMI project (Material Design for Additive Manufacturing of Industrial Tools) have been awarded Årets Överlämning (Technology Transfer of the Year). The award was presented at the conference Metalliska Material (Metallic Materials).
The use of computation tools as the basis of a method for developing new materials that are suitable for Additive Manufacturing is said to have has shown good results. Four new materials have been developed during the project, three of which have been tested in various tooling applications and compared with reference materials.
MiAMI, which began in 2018, has reputedly succeeded in realising methods for more rapid development of customised Additive Manufacturing materials with optimised properties for specific applications. This means that the number of available AM alloys may increase and that the life expectancy of the applications could be extended by 20–30% at a lower cost (20-30% decrease). In addition, the time to market for new products is said to have been shortened.
The project has had eight active partners representing the entire value chain from materials manufacturers to end users and involving a metals research institute and a university. Specialists in alloy design at Swedish research institute Swerim, KTH Royal Institute, and Sandvik Additive Manufacturing have worked in close collaboration with product end users LKAB Wassara, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, Sandvik Coromant and Mora Tool to meet requirements for material properties in the various applications.