Additive Manufacturing using Metal Pilot Line (MANUELA)
Research Project, 2018 – 2022

Metal additive manufacturing (AM) allows, by enabling use of advanced design, production of high added value components, at levels that cannot be reached with conventional manufacturing technique.
Still, the AM-based manufacturing sequence implies large amounts of critical steps – design for AM, AM fabrication, post processing, etc. – compared to conventional production sequences. Presently, the key competencies related to these steps are either not fully implemented at industrial level (process quality monitoring) or dispersed geographically with poor connection between different steps.
Relying on two major AM technologies (LPBF: Laser Powder Bed Fusion and EBM Electron Beam Melting), MANUELA aims at deploying an open-access pilot line facility, covering the whole production sequence, to show full potential of metal AM for industrial AM production.
At first, careful instrumentation and adaptation of LPBF & EBM machines will allow increased process reliability and speed. Secondly, the pilot line – including the adapted processes – will be deployed. The hardware layer will integrate novel process quality control monitoring and automated post-AM handling and processing. The line will be fed by design/optimization and AM process simulation workshops. Those workshops will collect continuous feedback from the physical parts of the pilot lines, to increase process reliability and robustness.
MANUELA relies on a consortium composed of industrial end user’s, suppliers, (material/powder, AM hardware, quality monitoring system, software, automation and post-AM treatment) as well as top research institutes in powder-bed metal-AM, covering full range of AM technology chain for pilot line deployment.
The deployed pilot line will be validated for use cases, covering wide span of applications including automotive, aerospace, energy and medical. To insure sustainability of the deployed line and its open access at project end, a dedicated exploitation plan will be established.


Lars Nyborg (contact)

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science

Claudia de Andrade Schwerz

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Materials and manufacture

Terpsithea Ketegeni

Chalmers, Research support

Fiona Schulz

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Materials and manufacture

Abdul Shaafi Shaikh

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Materials and manufacture



Zurich, Switzerland

Amires s.r.o.

Praha, Czech Republic

Biomedical Engineering s.r.o.

Kosice, Slovakia

Cardiff University

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Centre suisse d'électronique et de microtechnique (CSEM)

Muttenz, Switzerland


Gothenburg, Sweden

Electro Optical Systems OY

Åbo, Finland


Rome, Italy

Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS)

Berne-Wabern, Switzerland


Höganäs, Sweden

MSC Software Corporation

Munich, Germany

OEB S.r.l.

Camposanto, Italy

OSAI Automation Systems S.p.A.

Torino, Italy

Polytechnic University of Turin

Torino, Italy

Qioptic Ltd.

St Asaph, United Kingdom

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Göteborg, Sweden

Ruag Slip Rings AS

Nyon, Switzerland

Siemens Energy

Finspång, Sweden

Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik

Gothenburg, Sweden

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)

Erlangen, Germany


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/820774
Funding Chalmers participation during 2018–2022

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Driving Forces

Materials Science

Areas of Advance


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