THERMACH: THERmally assisted MACHining of difficult-to-cut materials
THERMACH project addresses the challenges manufacturing industries are facing when producing components and products of advanced metal matrix composite (MMC) materials. Metal matrix composites, being composed of ductile metallic matrix and hard reinforcement, possess valuable and often critical physical and mechanical properties of highest demand by a multitude of industries. Yet, the same material architecture carries a downside of low production efficiency, high defectness of produced parts and associated high costs. Small scale feasibility studies have long demonstrated that these negative effects can be overturned by using hybrid thermally assisted machining processes. THERMACH advances innovative analytical, software and hardware solutions for Laser Assisted Machining (LAM) and Induction Assisted Machining (IAM) processes to become enabling, competitive and sustainable processes for MMC machining on industrial scale. This is achieved by augmenting the conventional value chain of machining process by smart introduction of satellite tooling, laser, induction and monitoring links. The project also aims to validate and integrate developed solutions in existing production environments of aeronautic, automotive and capital goods industries.
INCITE: Improving immunotherapy through 3D printing and cell technology
Improving immunotherapy through 3D printing and cell technology We are proud to announce that we have been granted a prestigious Horizon 2020 FET Open project aimed at establishing new approaches for T cell therapies of cancers. The project INCITE, which stands for Immune Niches for Cancer ImmunoTherapy Enhancement, received 4million EUR from the EU Horizon 2020 Future & Emerging Technologies Open funding platform, now part of the EIC Pathfinder umbrella.
Sensor-based Smart Tooling for machining process on-line measurement and
monitoring (ToolSense) aims to develop, upscale and commercialize Smart Cutting Tools capable of on-line measurement and monitoring of forces, vibrations and temperatures in a machining process. This is necessary as manufacturing industries (for instance aerospace and hydraulic components) face high machining costs. This occurs on one hand because demands on product quality continuously increase; and on the other while manufacturing processes have become more complicated, featuring higher temperatures and pressures. Boukje.com supports the coordinator with Dissemination, Exploitation and Project management.
Boukje.com participated in the EU-funded FLINTSTONE2020 project which has been running since February 2015 and will finalise by the end of January 2020. The project’s name comes from the concept that the use and manufacture of tools has driven human technology and economy ever since man started to use its first tools: made from Flintstone.
In the last century, the materials and tooling industry, has seen great advances, such as the invention man-made-diamond, cemented carbide (a composite mainly consisting of tungsten carbide and cobalt), and the fully-synthetic hard material cubic boron nitride (cBN) which has no equivalent in nature.
Boukje.com participated in the EU-funded EcoSolar project. EcoSolar envisions an integrated value chain to manufacture and implement solar panels in the most ecologic way, taking into account reuse of materials while manufacturing and repurposing solar panel components at end of life stage.
Moreover, the project has demonstrated that during the lifetime of a solar electricity producing field, individual panels can be monitored, so that defaulting panels can easily be spotted and repaired or replaced.