Get to know the M3 program by watching the M3 movies!

Short general introduction movie:

Short Intro + highlights 2014 - 2015 results:


Longer general introduction movie:

Manufacturers in the transportation, wind energy and machinery sector are increasingly using lightweight materials to reduce the eco foot print of their products. This is especially true for the transportation sector, where substantial deployment of lightweight design and materials such as composites is the only viable path to meeting the ever more stringent CO2 emission norms. However, the widespread use of lightweight materials in industrial design and development is limited by the lack of predictive modeling tools to predict the macro level behavior of lightweight materials structures.

The MacroModelMat (M3) program addresses this gap in efficient macro-level predictive modeling tools for new lightweight material systems. The key objective of the program is the development of an integrated numerical simulation methodology for the multi-attribute mechanical behavior of new lightweight materials such as fiber-reinforced composites and 3D printed materials. The MacroModelMat program covers predictive CAE modeling for multiple functional performance attributes such as: static strength and stiffness, dynamic strength (fatigue), crash worthiness & crush and NVH/Acoustics.


The industrial consortium consists of 19 industrial players representing different positions in the value chain:

  • Solution and Services Providers:
    • Simulation and Test Solutions: Siemens Industry Software NV
    • Additive Manufacturing Solutions: Materialise, 3DSystems, LCV
    • High precision measurement equipment: OptoMET
    • Airline travels: Brussels Airlines
    • Metrology DIC Solutions: MatchID
  • Material Manufacturers:
    • Bonding materials: Nitto, Dejond
    • Automotive materials supplier: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    • Woven fabrics: 3D Weaving
  • Product Manufacturers:
    • Automotive OEMs: Toyota Europe (TME), Honda R&D Co. Ltd.
    • Aircraft Industry Supplier: SABCA Limburg, BMT Aerospace
    • Industrial Equipment Manufacturer: AtlasCopco
    • Bicycle Manufacturer: Eddy Merckx Cycles
    • Helmets: Lazer Sport
    • Energy: ENGIE Lab

The consortium is further completed with academia and research institutes that are leading R&D players in the field of modeling, characterization and manufacturing of lightweight structures (composites, additive manufacturing materials,…): KULeuven, UGent, VUB and Flanders Make.


Related documents

M3 Public_Summary_2017-11.pdf

M3 Summary_Slides_21_2013-10.pptx



Name Start date Duration Status
FATAM (ICON) 01/05/2017 36 months Ended
M3Strength (SBO) 01/03/2014 48 months Ended
MOR4MDesign (SBO) 01/09/2018 48 months Running
AMCAE (ICON) 01/03/2014 36 months Ended
DETECT-ION (ICON) 01/05/2018 36 months Running
M3Strength (ICON) 01/11/2014 36 +8 months Ended
PROPEL (ICON) 01/06/2020 36 months Running
M3NVH (ICON) 01/11/2014 36 months Ended
PROCSIMA (ICON) 01/01/2021 36 months Running
DETECT-IV (SBO) 01/05/2017 48 months Running

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