Continuous AM for production – Presented by Jeroen Smeltink, AMSYSTEMS – TNO

Continuous AM for production – Presented by Jeroen Smeltink, AMSYSTEMS – TNO, at the AM Integrated Factory Conference, December 4, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

Since its inception Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been the promise for a paradigm shift in production technology and processes. Moving from prototyping towards mass customization and printing on demand, the AM-process now needs to make a further leap. By continuous AM the productivity can be increased and as a result the cost for the production can be decreased.

About Jeroen Smeltink
Jeroen Smeltink studied Mechanical Engineering (MSc) at the University of Twente and started his working career at Philips Applied Technologies as a mechatronic design engineer in 1998. In 2007 he started at TNO and worked on projects in the field of semicon pick and place, laser dicing, 3D printing, spatial ALD and R2R ALD. During these projects he became an expert in the field of Mechatronic System design, Precision engineering and Opto-Mechanics. Most recently he has been responsible for the system architecture of new selective laser sintering print platform(s)

The AMSYSTEMS Center is a joint innovation center of TNO and the High Tech Systems Center of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e HTSC) to accelerate (new ways of) additive manufacturing in diverse industries. Therefore the AMSYSTEMS Center focuses on:
The development of next generation multi-material/multi-technology AM equipment,
The integration of AM technologies towards mass-customization production chains, enabling the industry to step up to Next Generation Manufacturing.

About TNO
TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe, staff of approximately 3000 and an annual turnover of 500 million Euros. TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organisations and industry. TNO’s department of Additive Manufacturing focuses on AM processes, materials and AM equipment manufacturing. Twenty three FTE’s are dedicated to AM related research whereas another fifteen are in supporting technologies (software, machine shop, AM fab lab). Successful IP track record (20+ granted) and AM machine exploitation examples (e.g. Printvalley AM machine).

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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