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The purpose of the Diginova coordinating work is to determine the current status and assess and promote the expected potential of Digital Fabrication for the future of materials research and manufacturing in Europe, taking the Diginova scope as a starting point. We will map key material innovation and application domains, identify key technology challenges and new business opportunities.

We will identify and connect main stakeholders through establishment of innovation networks centered around concrete identified business cases, to determine the added value and feasible routes to commercialization.

On YouTube you'll find a 4 min illustration about the idea of Digital Fabrication (in future).

Our findings will result in a Digital Fabrication roadmap describing new business as well as technology drivers, aligned with a map of the most attractive innovative product categories for applications of new materials and processes, derived from a well-founded business perspective. The roadmap will describe the most promising materials and material deposition and modification technologies and will point out the direction for innovation in materials and digital fabrication to transform EU industries from their 20th century analogue roots to their 21st century digital future.
Achieving the ambitions of the Diginova project will

  • Create a paradigm shift in manufacturing that will open up huge opportunities for future growth for manufacturing and new material developement in Europe.
  • Deliver a roadmap for Digital Fabrication drafted by the project partners together with all identified key actors. This will provide a meaningful framework and guideline for innovation for all actors in the innovation value chain.
  • Help to eliminate compromises that reduce the functionalities of new advanced materials thereby maximising their potential value and shortening the time from lab to market.
  • Lower barriers for adoption and application of advanced new materials leading to faster innovation cycles.
  • Build better coordination networks of three key groups of stakeholders, centred around well described and widly recognized key application focus areas: materials developers, manufacturing equipment developers and application developers/owners.