”Metal AM, in particular, is making impressive inroads into final part production”
”They often offer similar or better material properties than parts made with conventional processes”
”It is ideal for high-value, low-volume production of complex parts”
”Complexity for free”

What is 3D-printing?

Additive Manufacturing (AM), also called 3D-printing, has potential to change how the manufacturing industry operates. This is especially true when competitiveness majorly lie within short series and high quality products. Material is gradually added to form a new part or a component, rather than conventional subtractive methods like cutting, drilling or milling

What 3D-printing involves

3D-printing steps

When is 3D-printing useful?

  • Multiscale structure design: Advanced geometries (Structures otherwise not possible to make)
  • Topology optimization, sustainability and waste reduction: Smart geometries (Saving material due to calculated force distributions)
  • Parts consolidation and inventory reduction: Reduced complexity of assembling parts (fewer parts instead of many assembled), less items needed in production or storage
  • Agile manufacturing, lead time reduction and design for mass customization: Reduction of the cost and leading time in producing customized parts or component improvements
  • Distributed production: Produce parts where needed instead of centralized manufacturing lines, e.g. spare parts in remote locations
  • Elimination of tooling: Compared to some other techniques (e.g. casting or injection molding)
  • Reduced material (hollow or with support structures)
    • Compared to traditional manufacturing techniques where lots of material is removed by e.g. cutting or milling to shape parts, AM-techniques produces little waste. Read this report . for more information


Collaborative project (2017-2019)

Interested in metal 3D-printing? Further industrial collaboration wanted! All companies within the region are welcome to contact us 

C3TS stands for (click for topic page): Create (DfAM)3D-print (Processing)Test (Verification)Sell (Economy and market)


Contact information

In this project, SLM (Selective Laser Melting, a powder bed fusion process), DMD (Direct Metal Deposition) with laser and wire or blown powder, are used in collaboration with project member universities and (primarily) other regional companies to 3D-print metal components. The InterregNord region is the northern part of Scandinavia, as illustrated below. A goal of the project is to introduce and overall increase the awareness of 3D-printing as a modern, flexible and competitive manufacturing technique.


Research topics in C3TS

Develop CYCLAM (laser driven reCYCLing for Additive Manufacturing)
Develop AM processing fundamentals
Develop tailored fast test methods tailored for AM produced parts
Develop market models for SMEs applying AM

List of events

20/9 2018: 1st Additive manufacturing seminar – New platform for AM in Northern Sweden

30/5 Project introduction at the “FMT days” seminar in Nivala

Project related reports



Project coordinator