RAPOLAC was funded between Feb 2007 and July 2010 by the European 6th Framework Aeronautics and Space Programme which aimed to strengthen European competitiveness in manufacturing.
It was focussed on Shaped Metal Deposition (SMD), an additive manufacturing process which can be used for prototype production and manufacturing. SMD uses no tooling and has low to zero harmful emissions. RAPOLAC developed process models, documented material properties and carried out research on process automation. Process parameters for different materials were developed and both cost and environmental benefits were investigated.
RAPOLAC video available - A project video was produced to disseminate RAPOLAC results
RAPOLAC results presented at Aerodays 2011 and at the International Conference for aintenance, Repair and Overhaul
RAPOLAC results available - The RAPOLAC consortium publishes their final project summary.
UK RAPOLAC team nominated for THE award - Engineers working on RAPOLAC at Sheffield University were shortlisted for the Times Higher Education awards, as outstanding research team of the year, 2010.
RAPOLAC reduces waste in titanium manufacture - The Engineer reports on developments in RAPOLAC since their original article in 2008. An overview of hte project results is published in Industrial Robot in 2011
RAPOLAC readies weld-based production for the real world - A press release marking the successful conclusion of the project.
Technology on the road - The AMRC's MANTRA lorry showcases RAPOLAC results.
MANTRA is a specially equipped HGV, fitted with the latest manufacturing equipment. It introduces companies to the latest production engineering techniques, which will enable them to make significant improvements in productivity. To schedule MANTRA, or for more information, please contact Natalie Hutchinson.