PULSATE is the new PAN-European Network designed to boost the adoption of laser-based advanced and additive manufacturing technology to empower SME’s and Slightly Bigger companies’ digital competences.

PULSATE project will launch 4 Open Calls with €4.07M of funding for 62 bottom-up projects in order to:

  • Mobilise companies (SMEs and slightly bigger companies) around Europe for taking advantage of the knowledge and services offered by the PULSATE in all areas of Laser-Based Manufacturing: micro/nano-processing, laser-based Additive Manufacturing, High Power Laser-based Manufacturing, and LBAAM Digitisation.
  • Foster the SMEs’ potential through the development and implementation of technologies, skills, and digital capabilities.

Current open call: Technology Transfer Experiments

PULSATE targets the greatest impact on potential manufacturing sectors accounting from those with a solid track of use of LBAAM technologies and also from those being currently underrepresented: aerospace (aeronautics), automotive, medical devices, industrial machinery, customised electronics and textile & clothing.

The main results achieved from the execution of the experiments will include the development of innovative laser-based equipment, processes, ancillary equipment, and software, looking for solutions particularly adapted to flexible production environments, typical in SMEs, and the digital tools which improve the productivity, flexibility, and traceability, lowering the entry barriers.

Selected TTEs will become part of the 13-month PULSATE Support Programme which includes:

  • Technical support from industry experts
  • Business development support
  • Up to €150k funding per experiment
  • Media exposure
  • Access to private and public funding

The main benefit for each participant of the experiment will be:

For the technology supplier: a new product ready for the manufacturing sector needs
For the end-user: the validation of a prototype system applied to its specific operational environment
WHO CAN APPLY?

The TTEs have to be proposed by a Consortium including a minimum 2 SMEs and/or slightly bigger companies acting as :

  • Technology provider (System Integrators): any entity which designs, builds or rebuilds, programs, installs, modifies, distributes, or supplies systems and/or technology for LBAAM.
  • Manufacturing company (End-user/Technology adopter): any entity that deals with the physical or chemical transformation of materials or components into new products.
Experiments should address the development and implementation of technology and systems on TRL level between 5 -7, applicable to laser-based equipment for the Advanced and Additive Manufacturing market, within the following areas of experimentation:
  • Laser equipment integration, interoperability, and robust automation,
  • Technology for cost-effective laser-based manufacturing,
  • First part right and zero-defect laser-based production,
  • Flexible technology for small to large batches;
  • From CAD to PLM: data integration and flow