Speeding up EU industrial modernisation by improving support for pan-European demonstration facilities – the 3D printing case
The project aims at fostering awareness, knowledge and uptake of 3D Printing technologies by facilitating and promoting SMEs’ access to high quality services related to testing, validating and certifying 3D Printing solutions. To address this aim, the project has a clear set of sub-objectives:
- The project developed and delivered a functional and user-friendly online interface which provides comprehensive information on the 3D Printing facility centres (and their services to SMEs in testing and validation) at the European level. This tool allows not only to provide insights of the availability of 3D Printing facility centres, but also a direct comparison of the services provided across all Member States, thus allowing SMEs to make a better and more informed decision on the most effective and appropriate 3D Printing solutions which address their specific requirements.
- This online interface became operational during the project, allowing SMEs and facility centres to start making active use of it. On top of this, the SME – facility centre collaboration will is further pilot tested by launching an open call for funding individual projects. Through this open call, cross-regional 3D Printing industrial demonstration projects, in which one SME collaborates with at least two facility centres coming from different Member States, are being
- Complementing the work which will be carried out in the development of the online-interface, the project will deliver a gap-analysis of the availability and provision of 3D Printing solutions across the Member States. This analysis will support policy makers in their decisions in the design of SME support mechanisms as well as regional specialisation in the 3D Printing domain.
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Expert Competitiveness & Innovation
Lidia Núñez López (Ph.D.)
Expert Innovation & Competitiveness
- European Commission