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.