Additive Manufacturing in Finland: Recommendations for a Renewed Innovation Policy

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Research units

  • University of Lapland

Abstract

The objective of this research is to define an optimal innovation policy and funding strategy to improve Additive Manufacturing (AM) capabilities in Finnish companies. To do so, we present an international review of innovation programs in the area of AM. In addition, the study replied upon a survey prepared to evaluate factors for AM implementation. The ultimate goal is to help in the definition of a national policy strategy in the area of AM based on the characteristics of the Finnish industrial ecosystem. The methodology and data collection method involved defining the taxonomy of Finnish AM industry. The target group of the survey was a population of AM experts, and individuals with knowledge on AM and industrial processes. Overall, the survey revealed that research and innovation activities are well positioned in Finland. In order for future innovation policies to further support developments in the field, we estimated that policy strategies need to generate about 6-8 M€/year in national and EU- funding instruments for AM technology transfer, development, and innovation activities. Efforts should be targeted towards strengthening uses of AM in final production. In fact, only 36% of Finnish respondents declared to use AM for final production, while leading countries in AM use it in average more than 50%. Another area in need of development in Finland is the use of AM high performance materials. Moreover, outsourcing of AM services in Finland is 23 percentage point higher in national and 13 percentage point higher in international outsourcing to service bureaus and suppliers. In this regard, future policies and funding strategies should maintain the created momentum. However, there is a need to acquire high-end research and industrial equipment to stimulate AM integration to the existing production systems. This in the end can trigger the creation of new products, processes and intellectual property, enabling innovation and competitive advantage.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Nordic Laser Materials Processing Conference, NOLAMP16
EditorsMorten Kristiansen, Sigurd Lazic Villumsen
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventNordic Laser Materials Processing Conference - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 22 Aug 201724 Aug 2017
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NamePhysics Procedia
PublisherElsevier
ISSN (Electronic)1875-3892

Conference

ConferenceNordic Laser Materials Processing Conference
Abbreviated titleNOLAMP
CountryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period22/08/201724/08/2017

    Research areas

  • Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Survey, Innovation policy, Technology applications, Rapid prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing

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