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PODFAM is a long-term research initiative that is carried out in close collaboration with industrial companies. The goal is to consolidate and further build up the internationally competitive research profile in additive manufacturing that already exists at University West.

The broad scientific goal is to develop a basic understanding of the connections between processes, microstructure and properties. This can in the long run lead to that the production of components with powder bed-based additive manufacturing in metal (PBF-AM) become reliable and meet industrial quality requirements. The strategy is to include various aspects of manufacturing, post-processing and mechanical properties through conventional as well as emerging non-destructive techniques and modeling development.

PODFAM includes today's industrial and scientific problems through carefully designed work packages. The research project is divided into several subprojects with coordinated collaborations. We delve into process understanding, post-processing, modeling, non-destructive testing and lifetime prediction and reliability analyzes. The research is expected to increase our understanding of the PBF-AM processes significantly, which in turn can increase our ability to use them to build components for gas turbines, aircraft engines and more.

PODFAM is a continuation and further development of the research that emerged from the three-year project SUMAN-Next (2017-2019). 

PODFAM stands for Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing of Metals for Gas Turbine Applications.

Research Area

  • Produktionsteknik

Research environment / Institution

  • Produktionsteknik
  • Primus (KK-miljö)
  • Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap

Project leader

Research Partner

  • Arcam AB
  • Sandvik Additive Manufacturing
  • Quintus Technologies
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Siemens Energy

Research funding

  • KK-Stiftelsen

Project time

2020 - 2027


Thomas Hansson

Thomas Hansson Researcher