Project

Individualised production is an emerging trend in manufacturing. Laser-based Additive Manufacturing (LBAM) fits well with this trend, due to its capability of transforming digital designs directly into physical products. LBAM is not yet competitive for a widespread industrial adoption: post-processing operations are necessary but they are not currently integrated, human intervention is needed to overcome technology gaps, and a poor integration with production planning systems hinders process traceability and resource optimisation.

HyProCell designed, implemented and validated  a combination of available cutting-edge LBAM machines and ICT innovations within an integrated multiprocess production cell, which include both LBAM and subtractive manufacturing machine/s, in order to ensure a fully finished product from the incoming raw materials.

HyProCell has shown considerable benefits across all stakeholders of LBAM-related industries:

  • Making feasible a demand-driven LBAM production process supported on fast manufacturing procedure development capacities.
  • Creating highly automated and integrated multiprocess production cells, thus dramatically reducing downtime.
  • Enabling the rapid reconfiguration of the production cells, for scalability and/or new product demands, thanks to their modular architecture.
  • Supporting end-users to address new production trends.

With a well-balanced consortium representing machine manufacturers and end-users to photonics experts, industrial automation specialist, ICT for smart manufacturing providers and technical services as well as heavy involvement of SMEs guarantees a strong innovation push.

Objectives

HyProCell’s general objectives are:

  • To develop and demonstrate a new concept of multiprocess production cell.
  • To implement them at industrial level and validate them in pilot facilities.

Challenges

HyProCell tackles both technological and industrial challenges, as it aims to implement lab validated technologies in industrial facilities.

HyProCell has direct technological and industrial impacts, as well as indirect environmental and social ones.

Impact

HyProCell has direct technological and industrial impacts, as well as indirect environmental and social ones. All of them are timely considering the need to increase Europe’s competitiveness in global markets, comply with environmental policies and creation of highly skilled jobs.

Innovation highlights

The Project Innovation highlights span CAx tools, LBAM Machinery, Automation/MES and Robotics/Part-handling.

Progress

HyProCell has realised pilot cells to prove its automated hybrid production workflows in real settings by manufacturing real parts.