Additive Automations

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is going to redefine how we design, look at, interact, use, create & dispose materials. It is an industrial revolution. Currently metal AM parts are being used in road cars, jet engines, military devices and more. The technology has arrived, not just for prototypes, but for functional manufactured parts.

However, metal AM is not scalable for production. For metal AM to be production ready:

a) The post-processing of built (printed) parts must transfer from a skilled, manual, unproductive, hazardous, dangerous process to an automated one.
b) Speed and cost of metal AM must reduce; quality must increase. A flexible, intelligent automation system enable businesses to reduce lead-times, increase efficiencies and productivty, achieve competitive advantage, process control, quality control and give customers confidence.

This will then propel metal AM technology to finally realise its manufacturing potential.

The objective is to produce flexible, easy to use automation solutions within post-processing.

Founder, Robert Bush, holds a 1st class Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and is completing an MSc in Robotics at the Bristol Robotics Lab. He is the lead production and automation engineer at the UK's biggest AM company.

The innovation, to be developed in conjunction with two project partners will enable:
1) Quality of parts to improve by ~50%.
2) Time taken to reduce by ~70%.
3) Cost to be reduced by ~80%.
4) The payback period could be as little as one year for some businesses.
5) With an industry growth of 30% year on year, the competitive advantage that could be achieved by a manufacturer digitalising the post-processing could turn them into a global leader within AM.
6) What's more operators can be almost entirely removed from the hazardous process and then upskilled to jobs which increase productivity and improve job satisfaction.