High Performance Production through 3D-Printing

About the Pilot

The key objective of the 3DP Pilot is to accelerate the market deployment and uptake of 3DP-enabled solutions in the EU through the development of industry-led, transregional demonstration platforms (i.e. ‘demo cases’) and projects that connect 3DP capabilities and actors that were operating in largely disconnected and fragmented value chains in Europe. Doing so the 3DP Pilot will contribute to the emergence of new value chains.

Activities & Long Term Goals

The 3DP Pilot is pursuing the final goal of supporting the transitions towards a smarter, more sustainable and more competitive industry by enabling the generation and implementation of industry-led cross-regional demonstration projects. Bringing prototypes to production by securing the reproducibility of application remains indeed a critical point for the industry, which hampers the uptake of 3DP solutions by SMEs.

In this context, the 3DP Pilot connects existing capabilities and addresses information asymmetry (enabling actors to find the complementary expertise they are looking for). The partnership also aims at fostering co-investment by 1) addressing transversal challenges and 2) ensuring availability and accessibility to equipment and infrastructures that will effectively serve the needs of the industry.

In order to implement these goals, the 3DP Pilot has developed and offers access to a cross-regional innovation ecosystem that gathers End-Users, Technology providers, Facility Centres, Clusters and Policy Makers and supports them in generating and implementing cross-regional demonstration projects that effectively address needs of the industry. At this stage, our cross regional ecosystem is:
- Implementing 9 'demo cases' (emerging and complex collaboration areas for which critical mass is instrumental) and, within these demo cases, various applications-specific projects (incl. 5 projects funded in end-2020);
- Developing 4 new project ideas submitted in end -2020 and currently met with high cross regional interest.

In addition to this, the ecosystem is activated flexibly and timely to address new and emerging industrial needs, beyond the scope of the demo cases: during the next plenary meeting (June 2021, date to be fixed), new project ideas will be pitched!

Co-Leading Regions
Pilot Contacts
Jean-François Romainville

Expert in Innovation and Industrial Policy (IDEA Consult), primary contact person

Wim De Kinderen

South Netherlands, secondary contact person

Participating Regions
Autonomous Province of Bolzano / Bozen – South Tyrol
Autonomous Province of Trento / Trentino
Baden - Württemberg
East and North Finland
East Netherlands
Friuli Venezia Giulia
Lower Austria (Niederösterreich)
Lower Saxony
North Rhine-Westphalia
Örebro County
Tampere Region
Upper Austria (Oberösterreich)
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Demo Cases

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The evaluation results of the SME Success Stories are out!

The Vanguard Initiative SME Success Stories evaluation results are finally out and we are proud to announce the winners of this new Vanguard support scheme.

VI 3DP Pilot Plenary Meeting

THE VI 3DP PILOT PLENARY MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 22 AND 23 JUNE 2022 IN EINDHOVEN, DURING THE 3D DELTA WEEK. The VI 3DP Pilot is a structural network composed of 32 member regions

VI at the Technology & Business Cooperation Days

The Technology & Business Cooperation Days in Hannover will allow Vanguard Initiative Pilots participants to showcase and promote their activities gaining visibility

Progress update from the 3DP pilot

SMEs-led demonstration projects recently finalised, with promising results!

VI 3DP Pilot is providing its members with a search engine and matchmaking tool for organisations in the 3D printing value chain

Where to look when organisations cannot find the expertise they need to complete a 3D printing project within their existing network?

Progress update from the 3DP pilot

Many projects’ generations, B2B connections and expertise/experience sharing during the latest 3DP Pilot Plenary Meeting! On the 6th and 7th of July 2021, the 3

Annual Report 2022: 3DP

The report is available

Action Plan 2023: 3DP

The Action Plan is available

3D Printing pilot infographic

This infographic presents key information about the Vanguard Initiative High Performance Production through 3D-Printing (3DP) pilot.

Annual Report 2021: 3DP

The report is available here.

Pilot Action Plan 2022: 3DP

The document is available here.

Pilot Action plan 2020: 3DP

This Annual plan is the main reference that will guide the 3DP Pilot activities during 2020.

3DP Business Innovators Meeting (3DP BIM)

The next 3DP Business Innovators Meeting (3DP BIM) will be hosted by our Lower Austrian colleagues and will take place in Vienna and Wiener Neustadt

3DP Business Innovators Meeting

3DP Business Innovators Meeting on 21st of June (online) – Register before 16th June !

Smart AM for Sustainable Production - Online meeting/webinar

The VI 3DP pilot is pleased to announce that they are organising, together with their highly active member

3DP Business Innovators Meeting

The VI 3DP Pilot will host its first ‘3DP Busi

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The role of technology centres in overcoming challenges to additive manufacturing adoption

The role of technology centres in overcoming challenges to additive manufacturing adoption

VI 3DP Pilot Plenary Meeting

The VI 3DP Pilot Plenary Meeting will take place on the 22 and 23 June 2022 in Eindhoven, during the 3D Delta Week. The VI 3DP Pilot i