Even spare parts go into data bits thanks to 3D printing

In this project spare parts and any relevant information are transferred and stored in digital format and manufactured using 3D printing on demand.

The project aims at creating opportunities for Finnish companies to lead the way in setting up an international network of digital spare parts. Big production plants maintain large sparepart storages, where a vast amount of spare parts may wait for quite long periods of time to be taken into use. The capital tied up in materials and equipment may amount to hundreds of millions of euros and any means of cost saving makes a difference.

The project of approximately EUR 1.4 million is part of Tekes' Industrial Internet programme and coordinated by Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

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Kaj Nordgren
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