Annika Strondl, Swerim

How can Sweden become more competitive in AM?

16 December, 2020

Is there a need for specific research initiatives and innovations that can make Sweden more competitive when it comes to metal additive manufacturing (AM)? That question will be answered by an ongoing survey conducted by the Swedish Arena for Additive Manufacturing of Metals (www.am-arena.se) and lead by the metals research institute Swerim.

Now, in December, an updated mapping of the need for research and innovation within the field of metal additive manufacturing (AM) has started. The aim is to identify and clarify possible needs for further hastening industrialization and boosting competitiveness.  The four-month project is funded by Vinnova within SIP Metallic Materials. The project manager is Annika Strondl, Swerim, who was in charge of the first roadmap for metal AM in Sweden, in 2017. 

The ongoing study is a follow-up on the state-of-the-art of industrialization, the first roadmap and an analysis of current needs. Conclusions must reflect needs and be well supported by stakeholders, both actors within materials development and end-users of components manufactured with AM.