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German 3D printing know-how developer Headmade Supplies has secured EU funding value as much as €5.8 million.
Having fought off competitors from over 1,000 different companies, as a part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Program, an initiative set as much as assist innovators scale the event of rising applied sciences, Headmade now goals to make use of its newfound capital to speed up its growth, and ramp up its materials manufacturing.
“We’re very proud to have been chosen for the EIC Accelerator program and to have prevailed over 1,000 different firms,” mentioned Christian Staudigel, CEO of Headmade Supplies. “This not solely underlines the relevance of 3D printing for industries in Europe, but additionally that we’re heading in the right direction with our Chilly Metallic Fusion (CMF) know-how.”
“We see this nomination as an obligation to make our know-how out there, additionally internationally, to as many customers as attainable and as shortly as attainable.”
Chilly Metallic Fusion know-how
Whereas Headmade wasn’t spun-off from analysis institute Das Kunststoff-Zentrum (SKZ) till 2019, Staudigel has been growing its proprietary CMF course of alongside fellow Co-founder Christian Fischer for round seven years now.
Basically a combination of metallic sintering and SLS, what units the agency’s manufacturing methodology aside from common SLS processes, is its in-house developed 3D printing supplies. These alloys are mentioned to function an built-in plastic binder matrix, designed to enhance their flowability, in addition to make them suitable with a variety of machines.
In follow, the CMF course of has 4 steps, beginning with a component being printed in an SLS-like style, however at a decrease temperature of 80°C, in a means that reduces the time required to warmth and funky it. Ensuing ‘inexperienced’ prints are then post-processed, debinded in a solvent and sintered into fully-dense metallic elements, as a part of a workflow that Headmade says is “simple to combine” into third-party machines.
One space that the know-how has significantly excelled in to this point, is the manufacturing of motorbike components, with service bureau Element22 working with Headmade to 3D print novel clipless titanium pedals in March 2021. Initially solely made out there for backing on Kickstarter, these ‘My Ti’ components have been later launched by the businesses below the joint Titanum model.
Following the success of their preliminary partnership, the companies then teamed up once more to develop weight-optimized components for Sturdy Cycles’ Fiadh titanium street bike. Through the undertaking, the duo discovered they have been in a position to print useful crank arms, frameset connectors and chainstay components. This led Sturdy Cycles to shift lots of its components’ manufacturing to CMF, a transfer that showcased the tech’s sequence manufacturing potential.
Headmade’s EIC program success
Established to assist assist SMEs, significantly these recently-founded or spun-out from different companies, the EIC’s Accelerator Program provides monetary backing to these growing what it calls “game-changing improvements.” Alongside direct fairness investments of as a lot as €15 million, the initiative additionally offers non-dilutive grant funding value as much as €2.5 million, and different teaching providers to EU companies.
The undertaking is the brainchild of the EIC, which itself was based below the Horizon Europe program, a six-year scheme designed to advertise EU innovation and entrepreneurship between final 12 months and 2027. Armed with a €10.1 billion finances, the EIC has been tasked with backing these companies growing early-stage or proof-of-concept applied sciences, and a technique it does so is through its Accelerator Program.
To resolve which firms get to learn from the initiative, which final 12 months had a whopping finances of €627 million, the EIC invited eligible companies to use for funding in June 2021. Because it turned out, 1,109 companies from 21 totally different international locations utilized for assist, with simply 99 of those finally being chosen as a result of their ‘strategic relevance,’ and potential to ‘outline industries with their modern energy.’
As a kind of firms chosen, Headmade has now been awarded funding value as much as €5.8 million, the one largest funding it has acquired to this point. Because of this recent money injection, the agency says that shifting forwards, it might be capable of scale its feedstock manufacturing, develop its portfolio to incorporate additional supplies and broaden its worldwide gross sales efforts.
“Velocity is without doubt one of the keys to success, particularly within the aggressive worldwide setting,” provides Marius Geldner, CFO of Headmade Supplies. “The funds from the EIC Accelerator program will give us the extra sources we have to enhance our velocity much more and supply our know-how to a broader worldwide buyer base.”
EU-backed 3D printing innovation
A lot in the identical means that America Makes operates within the US, and Innovate UK works in Britain, the EU’s innovation applications are continuously looking for to fund new applied sciences that basically push the envelope of what’s attainable with 3D printing.
In June 2021, as an example, the EU’s Future and Rising Applied sciences program awarded funding to Microlight3D, to assist additional the R&D of a novel 3D printable concrete it’s been growing. Stated to function distinctive temperature-regulating properties, it’s thought that in future, the fabric might allow the development of ‘self-cooling’ buildings.
German electronics 3D printing agency Neotech AMT additionally launched its EU-backed AMPERE Undertaking final 12 months. Arrange with the goal of growing dependable and scalable hybrid additive manufacturing processes for creating multi-functional mechatronic techniques, the collaborative analysis program is ready to proceed till 2024.
Nonetheless, in the case of making a authorized framework by which 3D printing can thrive, an influence that the EU has over standard nationwide accelerators, it has typically been accused of arising brief. Whereas the likes of CECIMO proceed to foyer the EU’s our bodies and report on the know-how’s progress in Europe, researchers have additionally mentioned that its medical gadget regulation is lagging behind that of the US.
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Featured picture reveals the Headmade brand 3D printed onto a component utilizing CMF know-how. Photograph through Headmade Supplies.