The Subsequent Era Additive Manufacturing (NextGenAM) venture from trade companions EOS, Daimler and Premium AEROTEC is full. Launched Spring 2017, NextGenAM sought to develop a digital, totally automated manufacturing line for serial additive manufacturing. Now the pilot plant in Varel, North West Germany, is accomplished, and can act for example to different enterprises in search of to combine 3D printing into manufacturing at scale.
Dr. Adrian Keppler, EOS CEO, feedback, “We’re very happy with what we now have been capable of obtain in collaboration with our companions Premium AEROTEC and Daimler.”
“The NextGenAM venture has supplied a really tangible demonstration of how industrial 3D printing can be utilized cost-effectively in collection manufacturing as a part of an automatic course of chain.”
The primary components serially produced for NextGenAM
The NextGenAM pilot plant focuses totally on the manufacturing of aluminum components for automotive and aerospace purposes. The ability additionally makes provisions for the usage of Scalmalloy, a scandium alloy produced by Airbus subsidiary APWORKS.
All phases of the method are automated, from powder dealing with, by way of print mattress elimination and put up processing, to high quality inspection. As demonstrated in an early idea drawing of the venture’s manufacturing unit, components are transported from machine to module by driverless robots. The companions state, “The whole manufacturing course of runs itself, with out working personnel, from a central, autonomous management station.”
A driverless robotic (in pink) in an illustration setup in Varel. Picture through EOS
A digital twin of the manufacturing unit is simulated alongside this method and could be accessed remotely by manufacturing unit personnel. The info string behind the digital twin additionally makes the ability scaleable, making it potential to virtually copy and paste the identical system of machines with the intention to improve capability.
Additive manufacturing on the core of this manufacturing unit is supplied by the quad laser EOS M 400-Four system. The primary half to be produced on the road is a alternative bracket for diesel engines made by aerospace producer Premium AEROTEC. By evaluation of manufacturing information, the NextGenAM manufacturing unit might scale back the price of manufacturing equal elements by as much as 50%.
An EOS M 400-Four system – the guts of the NextGenAM pilot plant. Picture through EOS.
Dr. Thomas Ehm, Chairman of the Government Board of Premium AEROTEC, feedback, “So far as the plane trade is worried, Premium AEROTEC is right now already a world pioneer within the subject of metallic 3D printing.”
“The intention now could be to construct additional on this experience and to carry it to bear in different sectors as nicely. The profitable conclusion of NextGenAM thus represents one other vital constructing block in our technique.”
Driving towards automotive
The Varel facility is now because of bear an audit – a prerequisite of collection manufacturing for accomplice Daimler. With that accomplished, the collaboration will look towards growing serially 3D printed elements for typical and electrical automobiles. The imaginative and prescient, finally, for Daimler is to construct a Digital Inventory which is able to produce alternative components on demand. Jasmin Eichler, Head of Future Applied sciences at Daimler AG, feedback, “3D printing […] makes explicit sense through the advance improvement of automobiles.”
“The low numbers required can usually be produced extra cost-effectively, and sooner, with additive manufacturing than with typical manufacturing processes.”
“[The technology] can be appropriate for smallest-series manufacturing of latest automobiles (restricted editions). Systematic improvement of the components particularly for 3D printing signifies that the manufacturing prices could be additional decreased and the standard optimized.”
Automated half elimination on the NextGenAM pilot plant. Picture through EOS.
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Featured picture reveals a sketch of EOS’s “NextGenAM” manufacturing unit idea. Picture through Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler
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