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
Wim De Kinderen

Programme Director European Affairs

Jean-François Romainville

Expert in Innovation and Industrial Policy (IDEA Consult)

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

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

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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

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Progress update from the 3DP pilot

A growing number of regions, organisations and (implemented) projects in the 3DP Pilot!  The start of the year 2021 was marked, for the 3DP Pilot, with

Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference: New growth of industrial regions through Smart Specialization

The Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference New growth of industrial regions through Smart Specialization

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Successful workshop on the availability of regional instruments to fund 3DP Pilot cases

Over the last years and months, the 3DP Pilot was able to design various SMEs-led ‘application-specific projects’ generated by active demo-cases.

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.

Pilot Annual report 2020: 3DP

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3D Printing Flyer

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

An example of cross-regional funding for demonstration projects: the ‘ANSP/University Örebro-UNIBO’ case

This short document aims at presenting the funding instruments and mechanisms that were used (or considered to be used) in the context of a specific project developed within the Demo Case ‘Automoti