Pilots

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
Flanders
Norte
South-Netherlands
Pilot Contacts
Wim De Kinderen

Programme Director European Affairs

Jean-François Romainville

Expert in Innovation and Industrial Policy (IDEA Consult)

Participating Regions
Aragon
Asturias
Autonomous Province of Bolzano / Bozen – South Tyrol
Autonomous Province of Trento / Trentino
Baden - Württemberg
Cantabria
Catalunya
East and North Finland
East Netherlands
Emilia-Romagna
Flanders
Gävleborg
Lombardia
Lower Austria (Niederösterreich)
Lower Saxony
Małopolska
Norte
North Rhine-Westphalia
Örebro County
Piemonte
Saxony
Saxony-Anhalt
Slovenia
South-Netherlands
Tampere Region
Upper Austria (Oberösterreich)
Värmland
Wallonia
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Demo Cases

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

3DP PAN EU project is organising a webinar on the Additive Manufacturing in the EU

On June 3rd, 2021 from 10:00 to12:00 CEST the 3DP PAN EU project will organise a webinar on Additive Manufacturing in the EU: Report on the European

preeria home, passive house, 3d printed home
A first inhabited 3D Printed house in concrete!

The 3DP Pilot Demo Case focusing on ‘AM in the Built Environment’ (led by the region South-Netherlands) aims at further deploying the use of 3D Printing in the construction sector and recent evolut

Pilot Action Plan 2022: 3DP

The document is available here.

Annual Report 2021: 3DP

The report is available here.

Pilot Annual report 2020: 3DP

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Pilot Action plan 2021: 3DP

The 3DP Pilot action plan builds on the work carried out in 2020 and aims at presenting the expected objectives for 2021 in relation to the proposed project development.

Pilot Action plan 2020: 3DP

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

3D Printing Flyer

The flyer on the Vanguard Initiative 3D-Printing (3DP) Pilot can be found in attachment. 

THE ROLE OF FACILITY CENTERS IN THE GROWTH OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Facility centres (in the context of this project) are public or private organisations providing quality services related to testing, validating and certifying 3D Printing solutions.

VI 3DP Pilot Plenary Meeting

The next VI 3DP Pilot Plenary Meeting will be held on the 15th of December 2021!