The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 246172.          
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Project summary

Intelligent and Customized Tooling (IC2) addressed the need for new technology and organizational models for the tooling industry. By developing a technological foundation and organizational models for intelligent tooling systems customized for the needs of users, the European tooling industry can increase competitiveness through knowledge intensive tooling and increased customer value. IC2 was a multidisciplinary research with hybrid manufacturing, coatings and tribology control, surface embedded sensors and new organizational models. IC2 combined state-of-the-art additive and subtractive processes into a hybrid manufacturing cell. Such a cell would typically integrate the precision and performance of high-speed milling, grinding and/or polishing with the geometrical freedom of Additive Manufacturing Technology for the production of tooling inserts, cores, channels and cavities. Advanced coating technologies were used to create intelligent surfaces featuring embedded sensors, high wear resistance and excellent friction properties control. These new technologies utilized through new organizational models will allow the tooling industry to be more versatile and demand driven with symbiotic relations to the tool users. IC2 had a large SME participation and substantial demonstrator activities in addition to cutting edge RTD activities. The results of IC2 were expected to be a new concept for knowledge intensive tooling for the benefit of European manufacturing competiveness. The impact of IC2 knowledge intensive tooling will be substantially reduced time-to-marked, process tact times and tooling/manufacturing costs. The new technology enables new business models with full tool life cycle service and enhanced high value tools for the manufacturing industry. The hybrid manufacturing enables rapid and high quality tool maintenance, while the sensors enables remote tool and process condition monitoring.


The main objective of IC2 was to:

Increase the competitiveness of European tooling industry through development of new technologies and new organizational and business models

IC2 Goals


Administrative summary:


Project duration: 1.10.2010 - 31.09.2013
Number of partners: 16 in total, consisting of 9 Industrial (8 SME's and 1 large), 2 universities and 5 research institutes.

Countries represented:

Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany
Work input: 316 person months
Budget: 4.6 million Euro
EC contribution: 3,2 million Euro
Coordinator: SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing AS
Lars Tore Gellein






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Acreo Swedish ICT AB













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