The German machine manufacturing company Solukon and British robotics technology company Rivelin have completed an R&D project regarding the applications of their products in easing the Additive Manufacturing process, and the results of this will be displayed at Formnext 2023 in Frankfurt.
Formnext is the ultimate forum in the Additive Manufacturing field where major players showcase their latest work.
With this project, the Solukon and Rivelin partnership moves onto the automated powder removal and finishing for the metal products arena.
The two companies have urged people from the additive manufacturing sector to visit the Rivelin stand at the Formnext expo between November 7-10 to check out their comprehensive solutions and engage for possible commercialisation of it.
Rivelin Robotics said they are delighted to work with Solukon to develop “advanced automated solutions for post-processing of metal and metal additive manufacturing (AM) applications”.
Both companies are collaborating and combining the expertise in their respective sectors (machine manufacturing and robotics) in order to develop autonomous post-processing solutions which have been in demand amongst additive manufacturing users.
Solukon and Rivelin have identified key areas to work on and they have decided to align Solukon’s large automated powder removal solution SFM-AT800-S, with Rivelin’s precise and reliable robotic solutions like Yaskawa EU robots and Netshape software.
Research done by both companies reveals that customers in the additive manufacturing industry are in need of specific things like localised and targeted vibration for depowdering, robotic compressed air blasting, robotic sensing solutions to check the airflow of the cleared channels and powder blasting surface enhancement.
Solukon and Rivelin will be addressing these specific needs of the additive manufacturing industry with a full concept working system at the Formnext 2023 expo at Frankfurt. The two companies can be found next to each other at the expo at stands D42 and E41 respectively in Hall 12.0. Visitors are advised to check out the new solution at Rivelin’s E41 stand.
Speaking about the matter Rivelin Robotics CEO Robert Bush said: “We’re thrilled to hit the ground running at Formnext with our partner, Solukon. This isn’t just another trade show for us; it marks a year since we debuted, and we’ve made some significant strides. Our Rivelin NetShape Robots have gone from blueprint to reality, and alongside Solukon, we’re crafting automated solutions for post-processing metal AM parts—exactly what the industry’s been calling for. It’s all about delivering real value, and we’re doing it in spades”.
Meanwhile, Solukon Maschinenbau CEO Andreas Hartmann said: “one trend that is emerging in additive manufacturing is that the internal channels and cavities of parts are getting even more complex. Our aerospace customers in particular have exceptionally high requirements and often work with sticky behaviour materials like copper that require advanced automated depowdering. With programmable rotation, targeted vibration and thanks to our SPR-Pathfinder® software without any human programming efforts, we also get the aerospace parts powder-free with our Solukon technology in a reliable and repeatable way. A very useful task for an integrated robot in our SFM-AT800-S is a channel cleanliness check with blowing or the removal of powder deposits from the surface of the components. We are very glad to have found this experienced partner for automated finishing in Rivelin”.
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