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Open call for the R&D&i FormPlanet project


The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, is participating in FormPlanet, a new European R&D&i project, within the framework of Horizon 2020, as standardisation partner. This initiative aims to promote the use of advanced high-strength metals to increase the competitiveness of the European sheet metal forming industry.

This open innovation test bed (OITB) project has just launched an open call for SMEs and companies in the sheet metal forming sector to access services to better characterise sheet metal properties and predict the formation of defects in an early stage of design, forecast part performance and prevent production losses.

The selected companies will receive metal characterisation and modelling services, as well as technical support and advice valued at €140,000

The call for receiving applications is open and will run until 31 March.

The aim of FormPlanet's is to "facilitate the process of technological adoption in companies by offering services that support all steps in the development of innovative sheet metal parts and products," explains Begoña Casas, FormPlanet's technical coordinator and researcher of the Metal and Ceramic Materials Unit at the Eurecat Technology Centre.

The FormPlanet Project is part of the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme, and is supported by a European consortium formed by three research centres (Eurecat, project coordinator, plus Fraunhofer IWU and COMTES FHT); two universities (Luleå University of Technology and University of Pisa); three companies (Letomec, Ansys GRANTA and Applus+ Laboratories); eight industrial companies (Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF), ArcelorMittal, Arania, Estamp, Arçelik, Aludium, APT and Lamera) and the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE).