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Additive manufacturing (3D printing)

Additive manufacturing (AM, often referred to as"3D printing") is a class of fast-growing production technologies which provide new opportunities for the industry and other sectors, such as healthcare. (However, models and prototypes is still an important area for some AM technologies.) SINTEF has many activities in the AM field, together with Norwegian and international industry.

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What is SINTEF doing in the AM field?
SINTEF is involved in many aspects of AM and associated technologies. The topics range from material development and "analysis-based design for additive manufacturing" to assessing product properties and developing new applications. SINTEF also has facilities for AM trials, both lab/R&D equipment and industrial machines. Some facilities are shared with NTNU, which is an important partner in many projects.

SINTEF's AM expertise
SINTEF has broad expertise in AM via research groups in Trondheim, Oslo, Raufoss and Porsgrunn. SINTEF's expertise covers areas such as process/machine technology, materials technology, numerical simulations, digitalization aspects, standardization and new business models. Based on this, SINTEF can help various industry segments to make use of AM.

Some key words about SINTEF's expertise and projects:

  • General expertise in industrial additive and hybrid processes, as well as associated materials and material properties (metals and plastics/composites)
  • Standardization and industrialization
  • Simulation tools for AM, e.g. topology optimization of components and simulation of AM processes
  • Digital support for AM
  • Molds/tooling made with AM
  • AM of reactors etc to the chemical process industry
  • AM in the construction industry
  • Bioprinting
  • AM with functional ceramic materials


Additive manufacturing (AM) – Processes and machines

SINTEF has been in the AM field since the first machines appeared in the late 1980s. SINTEF has experience with various AM process categories, and associated machines ("3D printers"). SINTEF has machines for R&D purposes and some industrial machines.

Simulation tools for additive manufacturing (AM)

SINTEF uses various numerical simulation tools in combination with physical understanding and practical experience. This can, for example, be simulation of AM processes in order to improve component quality, or topology optimization of a component's...

The digital value chain for additive manufacturing (AM)

AM is the latest step in a long chain of digital processes using many different digital formats. The physical part is manufactured with a selected AM process, controlled by a process plan and selected process parameters. On the way from idea to...