UK-based post-processing specialist Additive Manufacturing Applied sciences (AMT) has introduced the completion of a $5.2 million Collection A funding spherical. The spherical was led by DSM Venturing, the enterprise capital arm of worldwide materials producer Royal DSM, Foresight Williams Know-how EIS Fund, an enterprise funding scheme fashioned by personal fairness agency Foresight Group LLP (Foresight), and the enterprise arm of Williams Superior Engineering.
AMT will use the newly raised $5.2 million funding to commercialize its post-processing expertise.
“We’re delighted to announce our Collection A funding spherical,” acknowledged Joseph Crabtree, AMT’s CEO. “This funding is one other necessary step in accelerating AMT’s imaginative and prescient of an built-in digital manufacturing system that may ship end-to-end options from materials choice to half ending for any industrial finish consumer manufacturing course of.”
“We look ahead to making AMT the world chief in automated post-processing expertise.”
From left: Joseph Crabtree, CEO and Luis Folgar, EVP Americas within the new AMT facility in Austin, Texas. Picture through Additive Manufacturing Applied sciences.
AMT’s PostPro3D expertise
Based in 2017, AMT manufactures automated post-processing programs for 3D printed components. It’s headquartered in Sheffield, with a producing facility in Hungary, and a North American HQ in Austin, Texas deliberate for opening in This fall 2019. The corporate claims vital quantity of producing prices in 3D printing could be attributed to the extremely handbook steps of post-processing. This includes the laborious means of cleansing and sprucing an element after it has been 3D printed.
Aiming to “unlock using 3D printing for top quantity manufacturing,” AMT’s post-processing programs are meant to assist clients automate their manufacturing workflow. Its expertise facilities on a proprietary technique referred to as Boundary Layer Automated Smoothing Know-how (BLAST), which was developed on the College of Sheffield‘s Superior Additive Manufacturing (AdAM) Centre.
The PostPro3D system. Picture through PostPro3D.
The corporate’s first business system, the PostPro3D, was launched in September 2018. Licensed by third social gathering regulatory our bodies, the PostPro3D is ready to end 3D printed parts right into a sealed and smoothed half appropriate for finish use functions utilizing BLAST expertise. AMT claims the standard of the components matches these produced utilizing injection molding. The PostPro3D is appropriate with numerous polymer 3D printing applied sciences akin to powder mattress fusion, HP Multi Jet Fusion, Excessive Pace Sintering, and FDM/FFF.
At RAPID + TCT 2019 in Could, AMT additionally unveiled two new automated post-processing programs, the PostPro3DColor and PostPro3DMini. The PostPro3DColor system, together with smoothing 3D printed components, can also be able to coloring them in a single step. PostPro3DMini, alternatively, is a smaller model of the unique PostPro3D with a course of chamber of 300 x 350 x 300 mm.
3D printed components made with an EOS PA2200, post-processed utilizing the PostPro3D system. Picture through AMT
Commercializing post-processing expertise
AMT’s Collection A spherical follows a £624,000 ($782,000) grant from the UK authorities’s Know-how Technique Board Innovate UK in 2017. Moreover, the corporate has beforehand acquired seed funding by Midwest Additive Ventures and NPIF-Mercia Fairness Finance by Mercia Asset Administration PLC.
Utilizing the brand new funding, AMT plans to speed up the gross sales of its post-processing programs. It additionally goals to ship a business model of its Digital Manufacturing System, which is meant to be a totally built-in post-processing answer. The Digital Manufacturing System makes use of de-powdering, floor modification, and coloring to automate every of the handbook put up processing steps.
Commenting on the funding, Pieter Wolters, Managing Director of DSM Venturing, acknowledged: “AMT is revolutionizing the world of put up processing of 3D printed components, thus enabling additive manufacturing to turn into a aggressive various for industrial scale manufacturing. We’re enthusiastic about together with AMT in our additive manufacturing funding portfolio and supporting the corporate in accelerating its development.”
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Featured picture reveals components 3D printed with EOS PA2200, put up processed on the PostPro3D. Picture through Additive Manufacturing Applied sciences.
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