Scandinavian Additive Manufacturing project to facilitate regional collaboration
October 22, 2020
The Danish AM Hub, Copenhagen, Denmark, has joined forces with the Alfred Nobels Science Park, Örebro, Sweden, with the aim of strengthening collaboration between companies in Denmark, Sweden and Norway in their adoption of Additive Manufacturing and other digital production technologies.
“In the Nordic countries we are good at cooperating, learning from each other and we have several companies, both small and large, that can benefit from exchanging experiences with one another,” stated Frank Rosengreen Lorenzen, CEO, Danish AM Hub.
Actually, we are already doing it in Denmark through Danish AM Hub’s activities, so why not learn from- and inspire some of the best manufacturing companies in our neighbouring countries in the Nordic region,” he continued. The project is supported by the EU Initiative Interreg-ETC, and will bring together companies, NGO’s, universities, and public bodies in an ecosystem across the Nordic region.
“When you look at Denmark, Sweden and Norway, it is clear that we have plenty of large and skilled manufacturing companies who work with 3D print. However, it is a new field and every company has to learn the hard way to be able to produce and actually start saving money, time and resources on this,” added Lorenzen.
Danfoss, headquartered in Nordborg, Denmark, is already involved in the project. Steffen Schmidt, the company’s Segment Head & Platform Architect – Additive Manufacturing, stated, “At Danfoss, we have already saved many hundreds of thousands of euros on using 3D printing activities. This is an area we are focusing on, and the development is strong, so we are eager to exchange experiences with our Nordic neighbouring companies, both in terms of technology and competencies.”
Saab, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, has also joined the project and is reported to be in the process of implementing Additive Manufacturing itself. “A closer cooperation between the Nordic countries, where several companies will be able to share their knowledge, might accelerate the use of AM – more competencies will benefit our activities as well. We are pleased to support a category of initiatives like this one,” stated Göran Backlund, CTO Saab Dynamics AB, Chair of Saab AM Group.