The partners of the RIGHTWEIGHT program have reached out to their network to organise a MOOC at the end of February at the facilities of ANL in the Netherlands: Read More
RIGHTWEIGHT - Novel advanced materials solutions for affordable lightweight to meet automotive and aerospace makers’ needs
Applying lightweight solutions is the most efficient approach to make transport greener (Lucintel’18; McK’12). However, SME suppliers of automotive and aerospace parts in NWE encounter severe challenges to define optimal lightweighting: automotive struggles to integrate the most advanced materials; aerospace, to reach acceptable costs and production speeds. Each sector uniquely excels in specific areas: e.g. automotive leads automated mass manufacturing and aerospace, materials performance. To effectively adopt feasible lightweight solutions, more affordable and environmentally-friendly innovations must be co-developed across the value chain: market-pull from demand side will stimulate a competitiveness increase of supplier SMEs, while contributing to reduce overall CO2 transport emissions.
RIGHTWEIGHT will support 50+ manufacturing SMEs in automotive and aerospace value chains to deliver components meeting car/aircraft makers’ needs. 20+ novel lightweight products will be incubated to TRL7 by 2022, improving environmental performance and greater value-for-money via an open cross-sectorial process combining educational activities and transnational thematic competitions in 5 cross-cutting areas within lightweight:
- Materials supply & development
- Characterization & modelling
- Design & smart functions
- Manufacturing & assembly
Partners will provide dedicated training in specialised complementary fieldlabs.
5 countries with automotive and aerospace relevance (RIS3) will be involved, leveraging leader-follower synergies: FR (aero), DE and BE (auto), NL (both) and IT (strong in both). 50+ end-users (large demand actors) from 7 regions are already committed (assoc. part.).
RIGHTWEIGHT will pioneer to stimulate cross-sectorial transfer between actors now operating in one value chain with dedicated transnational sessions (also inviting peer projects) and a novel database of success cases.
We will anchor €10M turnover & 100 jobs in NWE, while generating €2M turnover & 50 jobs by 2022.
Objectives of RIGHTWEIGHT
The overall objective of RIGHTWEIGHT is to increase the competitiveness of automotive and aerospace SMEs delivering new solutions that meet environmental and affordability targets. Cross-sectoral collaboration and dedicated support will help them increase capacity to co-develop solutions meeting car/aircraft makers’ needs. RIGHTWEIGHT will set up a transnational ecosystem connecting 7 partner regions with complementary expertise (FR aero, DE & BE auto; NL & IT both), to be expanded with 3 additional NWE regions (LU, IE, UK).
Cross-cutting areas within lightweight:
Submit your solutions to the RIGHTWEIGHT challenges!Apply now
Join the ecosystem
Join the ecosystem of entities working in automotive and aerospace industries, register to the NMWP portal and explore the synergies and opportunities transnationally.
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Karlsruher Institut für Technologie - Institut für Produktentwicklung (IPEK)
133 Oude Diestersebaan
Polymeris, pôle de compétitivité Plasturgie & Composites
Rue Léonard de Vinci
IMAST – DISTRETTO SULL’INGEGNERIA DIE MATERIALI POLIMERICI E COMPOSITI E STRUTTURE SCARL
22 Piazza Giovanni Bovio
Cluster NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik.NRW c/o NMWP Management GmbH
30 Automotive Campus
|Karlsruher Institut für Technologie - Institut für Produktentwicklung (IPEK)||Markus Spadingeremail@example.com||Germany|
|Flanders Make||Ger van den Kerkhoffirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Polymeris, pôle de compétitivité Plasturgie & Composites||Annabelle Sionemail@example.com||France|
|IMAST – DISTRETTO SULL’INGEGNERIA DIE MATERIALI POLIMERICI E COMPOSITI E STRUTTURE SCARL||Evelina Milellafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cluster NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik.NRW c/o NMWP Management GmbH||Matthias Grosch||Matthias.Grosch@nmwp.de||Germany|
|AutomotiveNL||Jean Pierre Heijsteremail@example.com||Netherlands|
Watch the video from NMWP explaining how to use their unique innovative ecosystem in this explanatory video about the NMWP portal!
NEWS and PUBLICATIONS
Whats happened in the project so far and what is left to come? Read More
Watch the video from NMWP explaining how to use their unique innovative ecosystem in this explanatory video about the NMWP portal! Read More
After one year of the project’s start, the RIGHTWEIGHT partners met physically for the first time in Enschede (The Netherlands) on October 27-28th 2021. Read More
To promote the RIGHTWEIGHT challenges a selection of regional workshops were organised. Watch the workshops below from AutomotiveNL, IMAST, NMWP and KIT! Discover more about the support programme and hear from a selection of the challenge providers themselves. Read More
On the 27th of May, we held our RIGHTWEIGHT Global Workshop! The event highlighted the RIGHTWEIGHT support programme, the challenges and how to apply. Read More
Saxion TPAC partners in a University of Twente-led consortium that will be working on research into technological innovations with real economic potential that could help us to achieve a more sustainable world. The research project ENLIGHTEN (Enabling Integrated Lightweight Structures In High Volumes) aims at ‘Reducing CO2 emissions by making vehicles lighter’. Read the full article below over on the TPAC website. Read More
NMWP.NRW: Printed miniature loudspeaker with a future perspective It has six corners and is about the size of a 1-cent piece: In an additive manufacturing process, miniature loudspeakers as part of piezoelectric, microelectromechanical systems - so-called piezo-MEMS - can be efficiently and inexpensively manufactured using a combination of inkjet printing and laser technology. This is proven by scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Institute for Materials in Electrical Engineering 2 (IWE2) at RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT. A corresponding demo component was created as part of the recently completed BMBF joint project »Generative production of efficient piezo-MEMS for microactuators (GENERATOR)«. Piezo-MEMS are real technical all-rounders, because the wafer-thin piezoelectric layers fulfill either actuator or sensor functions: either they expand when an electrical field is applied or they convert mechanical movement into electrical voltage. They are accordingly in demand in communication or medical technology, for example as sensors or actuators in pumps, valves or speakers - each in miniature format. The thin layers usually consist of lead zirconate titanate (PZT), currently the most powerful piezoelectric functional ceramic. Piezoelectric layers a few μm thick are preferably used, which can be structured very precisely, for example by etching or direct printing. - CHECK FOR MORE INFORMATION: Read More
World record drive with electric car ends on Sylt Medicine, aviation and the automotive industry are often dependent on very complex plastic components. With the help of additive manufacturing processes, often also called 3D printing, these can be produced individually, easily and in the right quantities. A widespread and high quality process in this area is so-called laser sintering. A laser first melts a polymer powder and then builds up the desired plastic component in layers. But there is a catch: So far, only a few materials are available for the process, as the production of very fine polymer powders is very complex and corresponding processes are only established for a few materials. In a research project, scientists at the University of Paderborn want to develop new processes for the production of any plastic material in powder form. For this purpose, a laboratory hall was extensively converted, equipped with the necessary equipment and machines and now completed after around two years of planning and construction. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is funding the three-year project with a project volume of around 3.8 million euros. "Industrial Manufacturing in North Rine Westphalia" (iAMnrw-Materials), so the project title, bundles the competencies of Kunststofftechnik Paderborn (KTP) and the Chair for Particle Process Engineering (PVT) as well as the Chair for Material Science (LWK) for another project for the production of Metal powders and is located centrally in the Paderborn Institute for Additive Manufacturing (PIAF). Read More
Medicine, aviation and the automotive industry are often dependent on very complex plastic components. With the help of additive manufacturing processes, often also called 3D printing, these can be produced individually, easily and in the right quantities. A widespread and high quality process in this area is so-called laser sintering. A laser first melts a polymer powder and then builds up the desired plastic component in layers. But there is a catch: So far, only a few materials are available for the process, as the production of very fine polymer powders is very complex and corresponding processes are only established for a few materials. In a research project, scientists at the University of Paderborn want to develop new processes for the production of any plastic material in powder form. For this purpose, a laboratory hall was extensively converted, equipped with the necessary equipment and machines and now completed after around two years of planning and construction. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is funding the three-year project with a project volume of around 3.8 million euros. "Industrial Manufacturing in North Rine Westphalia" (iAMnrw-Materials), so the project title, bundles the competencies of Kunststofftechnik Paderborn (KTP) and the Chair for Particle Process Engineering (PVT) as well as the Chair for Material Science (LWK) for another project for the production of Metal powders and is located centrally in the Paderborn Institute for Additive Manufacturing (PIAF). - CHECK FOR MORE INFORMATION: Read More
Join the Opportunities for an agile systems development through ASD – Agile Systems Design webinar on the 9th of January 2023 09:00am (CEST)
Organised by IPEK!
Agile and drive system development - how do they fit together?
Dealing with uncertainties poses challenges for drive system development. The webinar therefore addresses questions such as: What are the options for using agility in a targeted manner in the drive system development process and what opportunities and limitations result from this? How can best practices from agile development be successfully transferred to the development of physical systems in the company's own development process? Or what are the characteristics of particularly critical activities in drive system development?
The focus of this webinar is to introduce participants to the targeted use of agility approaches in drive system development through ASD - Agile Systems Design. This is done by presenting the basics of agile development methodologies, as well as their system- and industry-specific implementation using real-world examples.
Register for the webinar via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Mobility & materials for lightweighting, what European funding opportunities for my project?" on Friday 25 February 2022 11h00 to 12h30
- Get the support of the RIGHTWEIGHT consortium in your innovation projects for lightweighting in the automotive and aeronautics sectors
- Project AMULET H2020: Promotion of SME innovation in lightweighting technologies
- S-ACCESS: an opportunity for SMEs in the mobility sector to easily access the American, Canadian and Norwegian markets
- SMEs in the lightweighting materials sector, get support on international markets thanks to the ELCA project!
- STARS (STrategic Alliances boosting Railway SMEs): a solution to support SMEs in the adoption of cutting-edge technologies.
Join the Dutch Regional RIGHTWEIGHT Workshop
24 February 2022, 10.30h – 12.00h
Do you have an innovative lightweight solution for the challenges of Snoeks Automotive, Drive Line Systems BV (DLS), and/or SAG GROUP? Join this workshop, apply to the RIGHTWEIGHT support program, and receive the support to develop your lightweight solution.
The 2nd round of solutions is now open!
Lightweight challenges in the automotive and aeronautic sectors from potential end-users that are willing to test innovative solutions in North-West Europe.
SMEs will compete by proposing innovative and feasible solutions to the challenges of the champions. Selected SMEs will receive individual support to develop their solution and finally present it to the challenge owners to discuss future collaborations.
The two types of SMEs will receive the following levels of support:
Voucher for Trailblazer SMEs (20): Technical support services and travel costs valued at 45,000 €, including the use of manufacturing field labs to improve the solutions. The support will be aimed at upgrading the TRL of the solution up to TRL7 and will include a route to market strategy study.
Voucher for Follower SMEs (30): Technical support services and travel costs valued at 6,500 €, including technical advice and personalised support by RTOs. The support will be aimed at improving the solution’s TRL and will include a strategy to reach TRL7.
The RIGHTWEIGHT project could help you to unlock innovation in the field of lightweight materials in your company.
As part of the Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) programme, the RIGHTWEIGHT project aims to strengthen the collaboration and competitiveness of businesses in the region and lead NWE to the forefront of innovation in the field of lightweight while reducing the carbon footprint.
The call for solutions is now open!
Take a look at the challenges and submit your innovative solution!Apply here
Specialised Field labs
The RIGHTWEIGHT project aims to find lightweight solutions with improved environmental and affordability criteria. These solutions, either products and/or technologies, are aimed to be co-developed by SMEs from both sectors in close collaboration with car and aircraft makers. The project will organise 2 rounds of challenge-based competitions arranged in 5 categories.
Participating SMEs will have the chance to present their solutions to challenges and the winning ones will receive dedicated transnational support through training materials and access to specialised field labs. More than 50 SMEs will be supported with at least 20 of them co-developing solutions to TRL 7, meeting car/aircraft makers’ needs.
Discover the details of the RIGHTWEIGHT field labs