Novum Open House 9.3.2022 – Welcome!

Warm welcome to learn and experience a new and one-of-a-kind pilot line with novel manufacturing technologies for cellulose-based components! 

What: Open house – unique pilot line in Finland combining 3D printing and thermoformable cellulose-based material

When: 9 March 2022 at 10 am to 2 pm

Where: EduCity, Joukahaisenkatu 7, Turku, Finland AND online


We have been working hard in the NOVUM project with a clear aim to apply improved technology and material know-how with design thinking. Now it is time to demonstrate what we have achieved!

First, a totally new type of modular and scalable NOVUM pilot line has been built in Turku, Finland. It includes a multi-material 3D printer which can combine, for an example, thermoplastic cellulose and foam into the same end-product with production line integration possibilities. It has a fully automated process including movable pallets to reduce the downtime and it is meant for small-and-large-scale industrial components. The pilot line, including robot-assisted post-processing systems, is currently based on 3D printing core manufacturing process. It offers possibilities to utilize different technologies in the future like injection moulding, as well as enable hybrid manufacturing including component placement inside the prints and true multi-material manufacturing. This flexible pilot line has endless possibilities in the future to collaborate and find new use cases (long fibres etc.).

The uniqueness of the pilot line comes from the combination of the manufacturing technology and the cellulose material development, targeting to generate sustainable products that fit the end-use requirements by more efficient processing. A new type of 3D-printable, thermoformable material with high cellulose content (70 %) in granulate format has been developed for this purpose. This new type of material is sustainable, recyclable, and safe. It has material strength comparable to its commercial references and works well also with injection moulding technology. In the Open house event, you will have the opportunity to hear, feel and learn how it works.

Please note that this is a hybrid event and will be organized both face-to-face and online. Organizers reserve the right to limit the number of participants and possibility to organize the event totally virtually on-line due to possible Covid restrictions.


Event Programme:

09:30 Registration and coffee (in person participants)

10:00 Welcome and opening of the event – Alina Ruonala-Lindgren, VTT

10:05 What is Novum-project? – Heli Kangas, VTT

10:15 Large scale pilot line with endless 3D printing manufacturing possibilities – Tomi Kalpio, Brinter

10:30 Novel thermoplastic cellulose-based composite material – Kirsi Immonen, VTT

10:40 New material and production concept- environmental, social and financial impact – Leo Staccioli, Arditec

10:50 Use cases and experiences

  • Electrical insulation – Robert Sekula, Hitachi Energy (10 min)
  • Marine industry – Jami Kuusisto, Meyer Turku (10 min)
  • Sustainable materials in automotive – Luca Gili, CRF (Centro Ricerche Fiat) (10 min)


11:20 What next? – Alina Ruonala-Lindgren and Heli Kangas, VTT

11:30 Streaming ends

11:30 Lunch at restaurant Kisälli

12:30 Transfer to the NOVUM pilot line facility (walking distance) – guided tour in small groups in the premises

14:00 End of the event


Please register to the event through the following link:

Registration to the Open House


This work has been funded by the European Comission Horizon 2020/SPIRE, proposal number: 768604, proposal acronym: NOVUM

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