Digital Transformation and Open Innovation are the pillars of MADE4LO: Two key ingredients of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that will make the Italian metals industry more competitive.
A “widespread” factory for the development of metal 3D printing technology: this is the objective of Metal ADditivE for LOmbardy (MADE4LO).
The project was born thanks to a network of excellence in Lombardy – an Italian region on the wave of digital transformation – that decided to share their skills, know-how and resources to cover the entire metals value chain – from equipment supply to the finished product – through Additive Manufacturing, one of the enabling technologies of Industry 4.0.
The ultimate goal of MADE4LO is to create a new model of factory based on 3D manufacturing, network infrastructure and digital processes accessible to several partners, and intensive training activities of the technical staff involved.
The partnership involves eleven partners, specifically two Universities (Politecnico di Milano and Università di Pavia), and Industries such as Tenova, BLM, GF Machining Solutions, TTM Laser, 3D-NT, GFM, Fubri, Costamp Group, Officine Meccaniche G. Lafranconi.
MADE4LO was launched in August 2017 and will last 30 months for a total investment of 6.6 million Euro, and is partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund in the framework of Lombardy Region’s Research and Development Agreements.