High Performance Production through 3D-Printing

About the Pilot

The 3DP Pilot led by Flanders, Norte and South-Netherlands was launched in 2013. It is a unique interregional innovation ecosystem that brings together over 130 organisations in additive manufacturing and regional policy makers. The Pilot’s mission is to speed up the rapid deployment and adoption of innovative 3D printing solutions and address new and emerging industrial needs by connecting capabilities and actors across our 32 Member regions.

Activities & Long Term Goals

Driving Collaborative Projects and Funding.

At the 3DP Pilot, we assist additive manufacturing stakeholders to come together, develop their ideas, secure funding, and comprehensive guidance at every stage of the projects’ lifecycle: from setting up interregional demonstration projects to commercialisation. By bridging the gap between prototypes and production, we play a pivotal role in facilitating the broader adoption of 3DP solutions by SMEs.

Introducing the 3DP Gateway: Your Digital Business Hub.

The 3DP Gateway is a dynamic digital platform designed to facilitate seamless business-to-business interactions. It provides a space for companies to showcase their offerings and needs, enabling them to connect with potential partners and foster collaboration. Through this platform, new doors for growth and opportunities are opened, driving innovation in the additive manufacturing industry.

Furthermore, we are committed to promoting SMEs and industry participation in our pilot activities with the organisation of events like the 3DP Business Innovators Meetings where industry leaders come together to share insights and foster collaboration.

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 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 2023: 3DP

The report is available here.

Action Plan 2024: 3DP

The Action Plan is available here.

Action Plan 2023: 3DP

The Action Plan is available

Annual Report 2022: 3DP

The report is available

3D Printing pilot infographic

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

Pilot Action Plan 2022: 3DP

The document is available here.

3DP Business Innovators Meeting

The next Vanguard Initiative 3D Printing Pilot Business Innovators Meeting (BIM) will take place online on the 9th of April 2024, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.<

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