Large Metal Additive Manufacturing Systems


Project No. 3346

Large Metal Additive Manufacturing Systems

Support under the Incentive System


Main Objective: Enhance research, technological development and innovation

Region of Intervention: North, Center and Lisbon

Beneficiaries: ADIRA, FCTUNL, IST, Manuel da Conceição Graça, Lda, INEGI


Approval Date: 03/08/2016

Start Date: 06/01/2016

Completion Date: 05/31/2019


Total eligible cost: 2,447,067.13 euros

European Union FEDER financial support : 1,489,746.97 euros

National/regional public financial support: Not applicable


The term AM encompasses many technologies including subsets like 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. AM is now being used to fabricate metallic end-use products in aircraft, railway and automotive.


The SLM-XL project is about the development of a machine for AM of larger size metallic parts using a specific technology – SLM – designed to use a high power-density laser to melt and fuse metallic powders together and deliver a 3D solid part. The project is led by ADIRA, and MCG participates as a specifying partner and technology adopter.