Composite materials highlighted at AACOMA Roadshow

Interreg ACOOMA

About fifty participants were present at the roadshow organised on 20 October by the partners of the Interreg EMR-AACOMA project, which aims to show the advantages of multi-materials and to accelerate the use of advanced technologies for their production.

Training sessions, organised in the morning at the Bluepoint conference centre in Liège, highlighted the state of the art in 3D printing techniques for composite materials, the role robotics will play in the production of composites and the opportunities the assistance by 'augmented reality' techniques can offer for the production and maintenance of composites. The objective of the project is to inspire companies to embark on the development of innovative composite products. This is why the participants, mainly from the industrial world, were informed on the possibilities of setting up projects and the financing available in the Euregio-Meuse-Rhine regions.

Five demonstrator projects are actually in progress with the AACOMA partners. The aim of these demonstrators is to show proofs of concept. They were presented and discussed with the participants at round tables during a matchmaking session.

In the afternoon, the participants had the opportunity to visit the Liège project partners’ labs: the Aerospace and Mechanical (A&M) laboratories at the University of Liège, the laboratories of the Sirris Product Development HUB and the Technical Textiles and Composites Platform of the Centexbel competence centre.  

The AACOMA Project

The design of innovative materials and their state-of-the-art implementation offer great opportunities to SMEs for the development of new products. The objective of the AACOMA project, an 3 year Interreg Euregio-Meuse-Rhin project with a budget of 3M€, is to network SMEs with technological research partners.

Seven partners from the three countries are carrying out the project: Centexbel is project leader and is supported by the University of Liège, Sirris and Flanders Make in Belgium, as well as Fontys, the University of Applied Sciences and AMIBM from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and AMAC in Germany.

More information is to be found on the project website.