Innovative materials via precision additive coating technologies
Supporting Small to Medium sized Enterprise
Are you a Small to Medium-sized Enterprise based in North East England? Are you looking to develop a new product or process or improve an existing one? Do you have a challenge that requires technical expertise?
CPI is delivering a programme on behalf of the European Regional Development Fund called IMPACT (Innovative Materials via Precision Additive Coating Technologies). This programme is fully funded through the State Aid Scheme, and support is based around challenges within additive manufacturing (3D printing) and the precision coating of materials. This can include coatings, adhesives, inks, resins, textiles, polymers and specialist sensors.
Companies can benefit from the following support from CPI:
- Technical expertise located in state-of-the-art research facilities
- Feasibility and research studies
- Proof of concept and prototyping
- Assisting the development of new and/or improved products, materials and processes
- Evaluation of novel materials including inks, coatings, adhesives and resins
- Material characterisation
- Understanding material behaviour in extreme environments
- Signposting to continuation funding via collaborative projects, or national programmes
‘Bottom-up’ or Additive Manufacture enables precise control of the active components with respect to both amount and surface position. The materials used commonly represent 90% of the cost base and hence precise control of the materials and how they are positioned yields both enhanced products but also potentially significant cost savings.
This method of manufacture can be used for prototypes and bespoke or low volume products as well as a variety of specialist printed materials. Through this project, CPI can assist SME’s to utilise expertise and technologies that can turn ideas into reality. This technology platform is applicable to SME’s for a wide variety of final products including, but not limited to:
- Precision engineered parts,
- Corrosion resistant coatings,
- Nano-enhanced inks,
- Active surfaces (including sensors), and
- Multi-layer structured materials, including composites (i.e. materials integration).
In summary the overall approach is to design products that can be manufactured with minimal processing and optimal use of scarce resources. An additional benefit of this approach will be minimised energy usage within manufacture and inbuilt design for end of use recycling.