Additive manufacturing is one of today's rapidly advancing digital manufacturing technologies. This technology, which enables the rapid production of complex and difficult parts, saves time and resources in product development processes. Strict regulations and of course the civil aviation standards, automotive and incremental share in the rapidly growing composite manufacturing industry, also of great importance for SMEs in Turkey, which has become a global production base. Because the competitiveness of our SMEs is hampered by the deficiencies in areas such as technological infrastructure, international standardization, research and development.
In this direction, Sabancı University's Direct Digital Production Platform (DIMAP) is being implemented in order to increase the competence of SMEs in direct digital production technologies and to overcome the difficulties in their competitiveness. Through DIMAP, which targets SMEs in Istanbul, Kocaeli and Bursa, the capacities of SMEs will be strengthened with trainings and awareness activities, while their access to financial mechanisms will be increased with international grant applications. DIMAP will also carry out various activities to increase awareness of direct digital production technologies and to increase cooperation between stakeholders.
With the project, additive manufacturing process laboratories at Sabancı University will be developed with new systems. In the project region, SMEs will benefit from opportunities such as digital production training and innovation management, and support will be provided to SMEs in their participation in Union Programs.
To lead the digital transformation of Turkey's producing SMEs with projects developed in the field of direct digital manufacturing SMEs in Turkey to contribute to the emergence of international level and is expected to contribute to increasing their competitiveness. Concretely, with this project, it is aimed to develop new products through research partnerships in existing and new businesses to be established and to obtain patents for these products at national, regional and international scale. In addition, these enterprises are expected to prioritize women's employment and benefit from equity financing mechanisms for research activities.
Within the scope of the project, it is aimed to initiate 4 research partnerships for the development of new and innovative products, and prototype 8 new and innovative products. In addition, within the scope of the project where 4 national patent applications are planned to be made, 2 international and regional patent applications are envisaged.
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