Research Strengths

Hybrid Manufacturing of Composites

Group: Design for Digital Fabrication

Project: Directional Composites through Manufacturing Innovation (DiCoMI)

Developing a new hybrid manufacturing process for the manufacture of composite material products

1 March 2018 – 28 Feb 2022


Ian Campbell

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Sponsor:                European Commission


Partners:               Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

                              Lund University

                              FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences

                              National Aerospace University - Kharkiv Aviation Institute

                              Sabanci University

                              5AxisWorks Ltd

                              Fibrex CO SRL

                              Guhring SRL



                              Intelligentsia Consultants Sàrl

                              Vaal University of Technology

                              Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute

                              New Zealand Forest Research Institute (SCION)



The Directional Composites through Manufacturing Innovation (DiCoMI) project aims to bring together leading innovators from across Europe, and beyond, to develop a new method of producing composite material parts with optimised fibre directionality. The DiCoMI project will integrate advanced manufacturing techniques, composite materials science, and manufacturing system design. As such, it requires a high level of inter-disciplinary cooperation as well as collaboration between researchers and industrials.

The outcome will be a truly novel composites manufacturing system capable of producing parts with increased accuracy, reduced cost and enhanced functionality. DiCoMI project will focus on Directional Fibre-Reinforced Polymers (FRP) materials and combined different manufacturing techniques into a unique and innovative hybrid system. DiCoMI project will have a direct impact on the European and international scientific state of the art in the fields of composite materials and manufacturing equipment, while supporting the innovation potential in the automotive and aerospace industries.

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