The main objective of the project is to develop and evaluate digital additive manufacturing solutions for multifunctional structures.
This project is part of the EcoSwissMade HES-SO Research program funded in 2019 between Comatec of HEIG-VD and the iRINT Institute of HEIA-FR.
The main objective of the project is to develop and evaluate digital additive manufacturing solutions as well as testing, design and analysis methodologies, to allow multifunctional integration of electronic, communication, power distribution and diagnostics in high-performance composite structures. Even though the main technologies required to achieve this objective are available separately today, several key challenges need to be solved before such a convergence sees its first industrial applications.
This multifunctional composite manufacturing technology has great potential thanks to the weight gain and therefore energy savings (aeronautics, space, transport), but also in terms of increased value-added by part (product with high added value and automation) and as a basis for the integration of the Internet of Things (monitoring, quality, feedback).
Several projects are currently being launched in Europe on this subject. Our teams are ideally positioned to develop further technology projects with the aerospace, transport, machinery and biomedical industry at the Swiss and European level.