What is Custodian?

A laser research project to achieve better efficiency and cost

Continuous-wave (CW) lasers are sources that continuously pump and emit light and we can employ them in the automotive, aerospace and energy industries as well as the medical sector. They provide great benefits in manufacturing such as high efficiency and speed. Nevertheless, high energy concentration not always is the best possible ally, because it can generate very fast cooling rates and generate brittle structures. An example is hot cracking.

Sectors such as automotive or aerospace

New and disruptive methodology

The idea of the project is to create a methodology of application-driven laser beam, by tailoring the material microstructure and deploying this beam to solve hot-cracking in LBW (Laser Beam welding) and PBF-LB/M (Powder Bed Fusion with a Laser Beam on Metal).

Custodian promotes the collaboration between different European partners such as RTOs, companies or clusters experts in laser research and complementary fields like: laser-based manufacturing know-how, solutions in LBW and PBF-LB/M, monitoring and control.

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Custodian partners

The industrial deployment of the project results relies mainly on high-tech SMEs, since there are some industrial partners in the consortium (CAILABS, PRECITEC, NIT and secpho). However, the presence of two big companies with substantial market in automotive (Marelli), energy and aerospace (GFM) sectors ensures wide implementation of the project results.