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Thinking Additive
Research and Development

Digital Technologies, Additive Manufacturing as well as Conventional Production, are facing a critical point of complete "rethinking". The main focus of Thinking Additive is to support industries in the development of dedicated solutions specifically tuned around needs and strategies of Industrial Partners. Thinking Additive aims at bridging the gaps between products, market trends and technological innovation. The approach starts from effective needs, thinking again how process technology can enhance products, exploiting so the advantages of new Manufacturing Paradigms, in design and manufacturing.

The goal of the initiative is exploiting technology-driven design strategies in the intersection between computational design, digital and personalised manufacturing, through the development of ad hoc CAD-CAM applications. Our international team is composed of experts in design, manufacturing, engineering and computer science, with experience from both research and industry world. The multidisciplinary experts have been awarded for coordination and participation in numerous European funded projects related to digital manufacturing, design for manufacturing and distributed production. The mission is the development and implementation of digital fabrication, ultimately aiming at improving the awareness of new manufacturing processes (e.g. Additive Manufacturing with respect to conventional technologies), speeding up the production of added value products according to market needs.

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Bespoke Digital Platform

The new manufacturing paradigms need to be supported by appropriate digital solutions for exploiting their potential. Our strategy is based on applying new design processes and developing digital tools that can fill these needs, mixing different disciplines such as computer science, manufacturing knowledge and computational design applications.

Extensive experience accumulated through multiple research projects on Additive Manufacturing and Digital solutions, has allowed us to develop a cloud platform addressed to bespoke solutions for personalised products, accessible through online digital tools.

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