Vibration test of advanced 3D-printed components

ReThink – Norwegian Advanced Design and Innovation Center, are now working on their first project. The project aims to map the tolerance of vibration fixtures produced with additive manufacturing, also known as 3D-printing. Recently, a vibration test was conducted at Kongsberg Automotive, one of the companies that established ReThink.

– As a national competence center within design for additive manufacturing, it is very exciting to get started with our first project, says Lars Lyshaug, head of cluster projects at the Kongsberg Cluster.

– We have now conducted a test of a 3D-printed vibration fixture, manufactured with topology optimization, to see if it can withstand the great stresses that arise during vibration testing of products for the automotive industry. This test will verify how well the real test conditions can be represented in our data models, he says.

– We use data tools to simulate all processes in a product and component development cycle. In this way, we know that the final product meets the specifications that it must meet. This will make the development process more efficient, he emphasizes.

Successful vibration test

All products in the automotive industry are to some degree affected by vibrations, for example during transportation or when in use. Vibration testing is used to identify a product’s ability to withstand these vibrations over time. Testing, verifying and comparing the 3D-printed fixture and associated components with today’s solutions is part of ReThink’s mission with the project.

– Products and components made through additive manufacturing, like the fixture, are both stronger and lighter than those we have today. The vibration test we conducted confirmed this, says Christer Kobbervik at Kongsberg Automotive.

– The fixture and the components the fixture was customized for were stress-tested in the same way that we test today’s solutions and our data are consistent with what we predicted, he adds.

Below you can watch a clip of the vibration test of the 3D-printed fixture:

New possibilities

The Kongsberg industry have long experience in advanced production and has experience with different materials and different manufacturing processes.

– Being able to produce things we have never been able to; with completely new features, faster, more efficient and with precise precision will have a major impact on how we conduct production processes in the future, says Peder A. Aune, Industrial Design Engineer at KDS. – Additive manufacturing creates new possibilities in new markets which is only stopped by our imagination, he says.

Going forward

Going forward, the companies that participate in ReThink’s project will continue to explore and test 3D-printed fixtures, products and components.

– We are very excited about what’s ahead of us and what results and data we get from the verification project, says Lars Lyshaug in the Kongsberg Cluster.

ReThink is a competence center situated in Kongsberg. ReThink focuses on product and system design. The center is established by TechnipFMC, the Kongsberg Group, Kongsberg Automotive and GKN Aerospace. ReThink is located at Kongsberg Innovation and Kongsberg Innovation is facilitating the center.

New environmentally friendly technology

Funzionano is a spin-off from SINTEF, one of Europe’s Largest independent research organizations. The company has offices in the research park at Herøya in Porsgrunn, with a total of 7 employees. Funzionano AS was established in 2015 and is owned by Sintef Venture, Skagerak Maturo, Investinor and its employees. Morten Eikenes is the CEO of Fuzionano.

International growth potential

Funzionano develops and delivers new and sustainable flame retardant technology for plasticized PVC. The tech-company is excited to work in a close cooperation with Kongsberg Innovation to bring their technology out in the international market. Kongsberg Innovation got to know Funzionano during their participance in KongsbergHOW this autumn. The relationship developed and in January, Funzionano were connected to PoliHUB’s network, which is Kongsberg Innovation’s international cooperation partner in Milan, Italy. This resulted in meetings with potential customers and partners abroad.

 

– We have developed our technology over several phases and is now ready to promote our sustainable solution internationally, Says Morten Eikenes, CEO of Funzionano. – It is of great value to us to be a part of Kongsberg Innovation and their network and we are grateful for the opportunities we have been given so far, concludes Eikenes.

A solution with several use cases

Funzionano’s technology is based on polysiloxane cores with a specific property where the cores are given new properties through chemical processes. I this way, the new molecules can change and improve other materials and make them more environmentally friendly. Funzionano have several references to applications and projects, including a collaboration with Jotun, where the technology was used in Drygolin Extreme to reduce the use of solvent and improve the paint and its properties.

Receives pre-seed funding and resources for further technology development

Funzionano is an exiting company with great international growth potential within sustainable technology. Kongsberg Innovation will therefore invest in the company with a combination of pre-seed funding and other resources. A contribution that will support further development of the company. Funzionano is now part of Kongsberg Innovation’s investment portfolio.

Read more about investments and funding here.

– Funzionano is a unique technology company and their competence has developed over several years, says Einar Eilertsen, Director – Investments and Incubation at Kongsberg Innovation. – Kongsberg Innovation are looking forward to further cooperation with this exciting growth company, Eilertsen highlights.

Exciting opportunity for global growth

Kongsberg Innovation has entered a cooperation agreement with an international innovation platform – Landing Pad. This platform is led by PoliHUB, an international renowned business-incubator connected to the Politecnico University of Milan. PoliHUB focuses on developing industry- and technology-based growth companies. By entering the cooperation agreement with PoliHUB, Kongsberg Innovation, aims to strengthen our portfolio tech-startups globally and connect them with target markets all over the world.

International agreement

The international innovation platform consists of 21 business incubators in 20 countries on all continents.

The agreement opens opportunities for international cooperation and increased growth potential for tech-startups connected to Kongsberg Innovation. Our startups will have free access to services at 21 business incubators abroad, the services include:

  • Close cooperation with industrial partners
  • Disposal of office space
  • Disposal of meeting rooms
  • Experience exchange with local startups
  • Guidance from local business developers
  • Access to local startups, their ecosystem and network

Growth potential is an important admission requirement for entry to our incubator programs. The international innovation platform will contribute to building bridges abroad and allow startups connected to Kongsberg Innovation to go global. Kongsberg Innovation sees this agreement as an opportunity to continue to contribute to developing competitive companies and increased international value creation.

– Kongsberg Innovation contribute to development for startups with international growth potential. It is therefore of high importance that we now can offer our incubator companies, facilities and local business development abroad, says Einar Eilertsen, Director – Investments and Incubation at Kongsberg Innovation.

Among the partners of the international innovation platform we find several of the world’s most renowned business incubators. UnterehmerTUM is Europe’s largest incubator, while TUS Star Beijing is China’s leading incubator. PoliHUB was recently raked as the world’s third best university-affiliated incubator in a global ranking.

The international innovation platform is available for startups that has an incubator agreement with Kongsberg Innovation. Please contact us if you would like to be considered for admission to our programs.

21 business incubators in 20 countries

An overview of business incubators that are part of the international innovation platform.

  • PoliHUB (Milan, Italy)
  • UnternehmerTUM (Munich, Germany)
  • Chrysalis (Valparaiso, Chile)
  • BIC Euronova (Málaga, Spain)
  • Univeristy of Latvia (Riga, Latvia)
  • 1551 (Lima, Peru)
  • ITÜ ARI Teknokent (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • TUS Star Beijing (Beijing, China)
  • ESPOCH (Ecuador)
  • ACE Startup Village (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • IMT Atlantique (Brest, France)
  • Centrale Supèlec (Paris, France)
  • KTU (Kaunas, Lithuania)
  • University of Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia)
  • DublinBIC (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Startup Sauna (Helsinki, Finland)
  • HSE (Moskva, Russia)
  • Innovation Technology Transferring Centre (Hanoi, Vietnam)
  • DMZ (Toronto, Canada)
  • ASRT (Kairo, Egypt)
  • TecnoPuc (Porto Alegre, Brazil)

KongsbergHOW: Kicks-off new round

Kongsberg Innovation are today kicking off a new round of KongsbergHOW.

KongsbergHOW is a program where ambitious tech-startups are given the opportunity to meet and learn from industry leaders. The program focuses on challenging strategic decisions and participating startups will get valuable insights and know-how from industry experts and former entrepreneurs.

Tore Halvorsen – former VP of TechnipFMC’s subsea division, Kjerstin Kleyne Braaten – 21 years’ experience within maritime and oil/gas, John A. Johansen – former director of technology and innovation at Precision Subsea and Jan Erik Korssjøen – former CEO of Kongsberg Gruppen are contributing as industry leaders in this round.

Participating startups – KongsbergHOW 2019

There has been great interest and many applicants for our program this year. After careful consideration of all candidates, we are welcoming these exciting companies:

BEBA – Develops stable lithium-sulfur battery with the use of graphene oxide.

Deep River – Research and development of efficient power plants to produce electricity from rivers, waterfalls and ocean currents.

Dimeq – Develops digital HSE tools that improve safety of maritime vessels and installations.

Funzionano – Develops ad delivers functional nanotechnology-based hybrid polymers.

N2 Applied – Develops a plasma reactor to produce nitrogen fertilizer on farms.

Subsea1 – Develops wiki and e-learning for subsea technology and products on their network portal.

VesselMan – Develops a project management tool for the offshore and maritime industry.

Wavefoil – Develops retractable bow foils for reduced movement and more comfortable seaside experiences.

About KongsbergHOW

KongsbergHOW helps tech-startups to gain valuable knowledge that provides increased company value and insight into proven business methodology. The program runs over 3 months and tech-startups interested, will have to apply for participation. Only 8 companies are selected for each program round. Participating companies pay a program fee. Read more here!