For industrial series production with additive manufacturing technology, reproducibility of the core 3D printing process is assured by a solid machine design in combination with a smart calibration strategy. Predictability is achieved by combining simulation and in-process quality controls with the core additive manufacturing process.
MetalFAB1 has a modular architecture. This allows the user to start with a basic machine configuration with the option to enlarge the scope of the process enabling increased productivity. Moreover, modules can be added to allow the use of multiple materials in one machine without having to clean the powder system and running the risk of cross-contamination.
Additive Industries believes strongly in an integrated process flow for industrial additive manufacturing. Multiple process steps are combined in one machine using automated handling to reduce manual labour, improve product consistency and quality as well as increasing operator safety. A robot connects all process steps and allows for fully automated handling of both new build plates and ready products.
Besides the metal additive manufacturing machine, Additive Industries has developed a software platform to support the process flow and allow for full data (designs, builds/parts, settings/strategies) storage, integration, analysis and learning. The functionality of this Additive World Platform includes: request handling, simulation, 3D print process management (resource planning), in-process quality control and infrastructure monitoring.