University of Jyväskylä

3D printing offers new possibilities for Central Finland

At the beginning of 2018, a new project called Opti3D was launched in the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä. The project surveys the current state of 3D printing in Central Finland and aims to find concrete ways for enterprises in the region to develop their business with the printing technology. In addition, the project examines what kind of added value optimization could offer the enterprises. This is realized in cooperation with Professor Jacques Periaux, a specialist in optimization issues.

3D printing is a rapidly developing manufacturing process with benefits such as efficient use of materials, easy prototyping and lowered manufacturing costs, especially for unique components. This technology can replace many traditional manufacturing methods and enables the manufacturing of components that are impossible to produce with contemporary methods.

“3D printing is one of today’s most interesting technologies with a lot of potential,” says project leader Tero Tuovinen. “With these techniques it is possible to manufacture products in better ways than before or solve problems in a completely new way. 3D printing does not have the same constraints as more traditional methods such as CNC machining. One example is structures that can be printed directly within each other without the need for assembly.”

The project supports Central Finland’s Strategy 2040, which aims to respond to the revolution of the digital economy by bringing a new kind of digital thinking to enterprises in the region. The project is funded by the Regional Council of Central Finland and will be carried out in 2018. 

Additional information:

Docent Tero Tuovinen, tero.tuovinen@jyu.fi, tel. +358 50 441 3685

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