HyProCell concluded its core activities after 38 months with its final end-to-end demonstration and project meeting at at Salon de Provence, near Marseille, France.
The demonstration and meeting was hosted by consortium member Poly-Shape. The pilot cell was shown in operation to all meeting participants. Additive manufacturing is performed by the Adira Addcreator that uses the Tiled Laser Melting method. The cell using an Erowa ERD 500 robot transfers the produced parts inside an especially designed dustbox to a dedicated cleaning station. At the cleaning station any remaining powder is removed from the part and safely captured. The part is then transferred by the robot to a 3-axis milling centre in order to bring the part’s surface to the required quality. The dimensional accuracy of the part is controlled by a measuring machine performing automated 3D scans. The part handling system is connected to a robotic storage and a loading station for loading new and extracting the finished parts by using a pallet system. The pallets are subsequently stored in a rack magazine.
As part of the Technical Committee decisions were made about concluding the tasks. Special emphasis was put on exploitation issues for which Vodera presented the updated business model and mapped the key exploitable results.
The meeting was concluded with a debate on policy making. Topics covered included how can the EC promote novel manufacturing solutions; what kind of tools can support promotion of novel solutions for manufacturing; what kind of role can large enterprises and SMEs play, respectively; and what are the implications for standardisation.