Cold spray additive manufacturing company Titomic has been awarded a grant of 260,000 Euro (about $400,000) through the European Union’s Horizon Europe initiative, for R&D applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to their processes.
In a statement on Monday, the ASX-listed and Melbourne-headquartered company said outcomes from the “CoBRAIN” grant would help improve its processes when working with new and existing materials.
Cold spray involves blasting (usually) metal powders at supersonic speeds onto a substrate, where they fuse together without melting.
The CoBRAIN program would help develop novel hard metals “for corrosion and wear resistance” as well as “validate an integrated computational-experimental material engineering workflow,” said Titomic.
It builds on R&D in Europe in partnership with the International Partners in Glass Research (IPGR) network, applying cold spray to glass mould repair, according to Managing DIrector Herbert Koeck.
“With Titomic Europe’s extensive experience in low and medium pressure cold spray technology solutions, and proven wear resistance and corrosion protection capability, our involvement provides strong validation of Titomic’s cold spray reputation and capability in Europe and around the world,” said Koeck.
Titomic said it expected the first tranche of funding from the grant to be received in FY23.
The Horizon Europe initiative is the largest EU research program so far, with a focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, addressing climate change, and increasing growth and competitiveness. It runs from 2021 to 2027, with a 95.5 billion Euro budget, and follows the Horizon 2020 program, which ran from 2014 – 2020.
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