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EU Funding of € 300,000 for SMEs in 3D Printing Market

Ulrich Thombansen, from AMable, presenting at the IN(3D)USTRY 2018 in Barcelona.

Ulrich Thombansen, from AMable, presenting at the IN(3D)USTRY 2018 in Barcelona.

According to a report adopted by the European Parliament, “3D Printing is a key technology for the future of the EU as long as it has a great potential for creating jobs whilst helping to fight transport costs, CO2 emissions, or built-in obsolescence.”

The AMable call (open to SMEs from the European Union) will allocate around 300,000 Euros, facilitating the establishment of new connections between different clusters to leverage the competitiveness of the SME manufacturing fabric.

This aid aims to carry out “application experiments” to develop an innovative idea of functional products that need Additive Manufacturing (AM). In particular, the types of experiments that will be financed are “Feasibility studies” and “Good Practices”, ranging the aid from 5,000 to 60,000 euros. The call will be open until June 1, 2019, at 5:00 PM Brussels time.

Besides this financial support, the EU innovation action, AMable, will put in place a series of side benefits to improve skills of employees in the areas of AM design, technology development, education, and support business development.

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This action is also supported by the EC initiative, I4MS, as part of the mission to encourage the implementation of ICT technologies in Europe to enhance the competitiveness of the EU industry in the global scenario.

AMable aims to reinforce the Additive Manufacturing technological cluster by creating a digital framework to provide unbiased access to the best European knowledge in 3D printing for the industry 4.0 and EU institutions endorse it.

The European Commission and the European Parliament already underlined that 3D printing could ease the strain on their logistical chains, reduce storage and transport operations, lessen environmental impact and cut spending on goods insurance and make it possible to create employment at SME level.

I4MS is coordinated by Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation, FundingBox, Foreningen MADE, FIWARE Foundation EV, Danish Technological Institute, and Axencia Galega de Innovación.

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