The AMable call (open to SMEs from the European Union) will allocate around 300,000 Euros, facilitating the establishment of new connections between different clusters to leverage the competitiveness of the SME manufacturing fabric. This aid aims to carry out "application experiments" to develop an innovative idea of functional products that need Additive Manufacturing. In particular, the types of experiments that will be financed are "Feasibility studies" and "Good Practices", ranging the aid from 5,000 to 60,000 euros.
Besides this financial support, the EU innovation action, AMable, will put in place a series of side benefits to improve skills of employees in the areas of AM design, technology development, education, and support business development.
This action is also supported by the EC initiative, I4MS, as part of the mission to encourage the implementation of ICT technologies in Europe to enhance the competitiveness of the EU industry in the global scenario.
AMable aims to reinforce the Additive Manufacturing technological cluster by creating a digital framework to provide unbiased access to the best European knowledge in 3D printing for the industry 4.0 and EU institutions endorse it. The European Commission and the European Parliament already underlined that 3D printing could ease the strain on their logistical chains, reduce storage and transport operations, lessen environmental impact and cut spending on goods insurance and make it possible to create employment at SME level.
Dateline for proposal submission: June 1, 2019, at 5:00 PM Brussels time.
Illustration Photo: Europe’s first 3D printer designed for use in weightlessness, printing aerospace-quality plastics, has won the prestigious Aerospace Applications Award from design-to-manufacturing specialist TCT Magazine. (credits: European Space Agency / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))