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Modern manufacturing methods

Competence

VTT takes a very broad view of the possibilities that different manufacturing methods offer for making production more effective and for fabricating new competitive products. By utilising our own pilot equipment and our extensive collaboration network we can offer also proto components to our customers for evaluating properties and production costs. Apart from traditional cutting, welding, forming and casting technologies, VTT´s competence also includes special methods such as sprayforming, as well as methods based on powder metallurgy. The current areas of focus are micro manufacturing, welding and joining methods and rapid manufacturing. We are also specialised in methods for producing materials and components for extremely demanding environments.

Challenges

The competition from low-cost countries can only be met by making demanding customised products. This is possible only by applying modern fabrication methods. Increasing energy and transportation costs call for point-of-use manufacturing and light-weight structures. Fabrication should generate a minimum amount of waste. Methods for producing micro components are needed for mobile devices and networks and for point-of-care diagnostics of diseases. In process, electronics and engineering industry the conditions of use are becoming more and more demanding.

Solutions

  • Very little or no waste, almost unlimited geometric complexity and point-of-use fabrication by additive manufacturing methods
  • Sensors for harsh environments by direct write
  • Extremely effective cooling of electronics by microfluidics
  • Injection moulded inexpensive Lab-on-a-Chips for point-of-care diagnostics (POC)
  • Multifunctional components by integrating mechanics, optics and electronics into plastics by injection moulding
  • Components for extreme conditions and with customised properties by powder metallurgical manufacturing methods (HIP, MIM, CIM) and sprayforming
  • Light-weight structures by utilising high-strength and dissimilar material solutions
  • Effective and innovative application of new and emerging ultra high strength steel grades especially in transport equipment structures

Benefits

  • A strategic competitive edge by advanced manufacturing methods that are difficult to copy
  • High-end customised products with better margin than in standard products
  • Energy-efficient and knowledge-based production
  • Fit-to-purpose product properties


Additional information

Pentti Eklund
Research Coordinator
+358 20 722 5570