By EWF - 8th August 2023
The DISCO2030 project aims to develop two innovative hybrid manufacturing methods for joining
metal-metal and metal-polymer materials. Both proposed methods are underpinned by additive
(AM) technologies from the emerging technology families of Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and Directed Energy
The DISCO2030 project combines the advantages of PBF and DED to enable the manufacturing of multi-material lightweight, complex geometry components/structures that can operate in harsh environments. The process is expected to achieve a ≥20% lead time reduction compared to state-of-the-art manufacturing processes (such as die casting and brazing) and manufacture multi-material parts that have a 50% lower weight compared to reference products and a 30% higher performance (achieved among others by graded materials).
The DISCO2030 project is expected to generate significant impact by paving the way for the creation of new dissimilar material joining and testing standards, strengthening the EU’s leadership in AM technologies, and increasing the EU’s resilience against global supply chain disruptions.