The governance model is composed by 3 key bodies: Scientific/Technical Advisory Board (SAB); Consortium Leader (CL); Training Factory and Knowledge Valorisation (TF&KV). This model allow us to perform an efficient coordination between PAMI partners, and PAMI and Stakeholders, focused in a proper use of the PAMI resources.
The PAMI Consortium is coordinated by the CL (PI). The CL coordinates member activities, developing actions for the implementation of new opportunities and solutions, promoting great dynamism to the Consortium. The CL must advance the visibility and reputation of the Consortium.
The SAB includes highly reputed persons in the additive manufacturing field and related areas, from the academia and industry. The primary responsibility of the SAB includes: -formulating recommendations and reports to present to the CL for the advancement of the Consortium objectives; -making suggestions and recommendations on the activities and/or projects developed under the Consortium; -review the plan, the annual activity report, the budget and other management documents.
Two TF&KV units were created, one at Leiria and another at Coimbra. From a material point of view, the TF&KV at Leiria, engaging CDRSP/IPLeiria and CENTIMFE, focus on polymers, metals, cement and composites; and the TF&KV at Coimbra, engaging CEMMPRE, IPN and ISR, focus on metals, polymers and ceramics. These units are coordinated by two members, one of each PAMI node. These units promote the technology within the industry, actively act to establish industrial partnerships and promotes the establishment of spin-offs.
The TF&KV are core units of PAMI. They act as AM national testbed centres with AM machines, equipments for material development and characterisation and equipments for part assessment. The AM machines are combinations of commercial machines, older commercial machines that can be modified, and research machines. Experimental machines have been constructed that integrate process technologies with sensors and control systems. The machines have been used for a wide variety of research, education, applications, and testing. The testbed resource are available to academic researchers, industry practitioners, users interested in testing to support standards development, and anyone else who wants to explore the capabilities and applications of AM technologies.