Scaling up 3D printing production with automated post-processing – Presented by Stefan Rink, CEO, AM-Flow, at the AM Integrated Factory Conference, December 4, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.
With increasing production volumes, the 3D printing supply-chain must adapt. Traditional supply-chain solutions are not always suitable, as 3D printing enables the cost-effective production of complex geometries in small batch-sizes (High Mix, High Volume).
Bottle-necks in scaling up production, are the identification, sorting, transport and packaging processes. These processes are currently done manually and the cost scale linearly with production capacity.
AM-Flow solves a critical step by fully automating these processes, by using proven methods from traditional manufacturing and advanced methods, such as machine vision.
AM-Flow enables the next step in industrial polymer 3D printing, towards lean six sigma en Quick Response Manufacturing.
About Stefan Rink
As recently appointed CEO of AM-Flow, Stefan Rink continues his mission to further automate and industrialize additive manufacturing.
Stefan holds 25 years of experience in the building, metal, IT, solar and 3D-printing industry, both in executive and partner roles. In 2015 Stefan took on the exciting challenge to accelerate global production at Shapeways as Vice President. Applying the principles of Lean and QRM resulted in tripling throughput with the same resources.
Now Stefan is convinced that in addition to great teamwork, further automation and robotization are required to make the next step change in the AM industry. Enabling high mix AND high volume.
AMFlow is an Amsterdam, Netherlands-based company that offers part-handling solutions for industrial automation of Additive Manufacturing technologies. The solutions are tailored to production facilities with High Volume (>200 parts per day) and High Mix with polymer, powder-bed fusion technologies.
With a clear vision for the industrial automation of Additive Manufacturing technologies, AMFlow develops solutions for post-processing from identification (AMVision), sorting (AMPick), transportation (AMRoute), digital workflow (AMLogic) to custom packaging (AMPack). The team combines a background in additive- and traditional manufacturing environments to bring proven methods for efficient and effective production, to next generation production environments (AMExpert).
About AM Integrated Factory Conference
The AM Integrated Factory Conference (13:30 hrs – 17:00 hrs) will take place on December 4, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands, at the same location and same date as 3D Printing Post Processing Conference (09:00 hrs – 12:30 hrs).
Integration of Additive Manufacturing into your manufacturing process
There are many manufacturers who would like to be able to offer more individualization of the products they manufacture. With the growth of AM, more and more organisations are starting to look at the possibilities to integrate this technology in their manufacturing processes. One of the core advantages that AM has is that its digital technology. It is completely CAD/CAM based.
Three trends are visible, which overlap each other as well :
- Use of Hybrid manufacturing (systems where additive and subtractive manufacturing are combined in the same machine)
- Implemention of AM systems as part of an end-to-end production workflow ( including: material handling systems, multiple additive manufacturing systems, part handling systems, part cleaning systems, curing/heat treatment systems, support/powder removal and recycling systems, part inspection systems and part finishing systems)
- Implementation of AM systems in the ‘traditional’ production processes (in other words, building a complete production chain with several state-of-the-art production technologies like milling, robots, welding, Additive Manufacturing and more).
This integration requires is a transition at software level as well with CAD/CAM/CAE software feeding into Simulation, MES (manufacturing execution systems) and PLM software tools.
This conference covers the developments going on in further integration of AM in production processes, and how to act upon.
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