Formnext 2015 Digital networking and automation of additive manufacturing in focus
Germany– Concept Laser, one of the leading drivers of powder bed-based laser melting using metals, will be demonstrating the entire process chain of additive manufacturing with all of its various facets.
The focus is directed towards a comprehensive machine concept themed “AM Factory of Tomorrow”, the company says. The concept is about intelligent networking of machines, a higher level of automation and incorporating system technology into the production environment. Ultimately, the goal is to open up industrial series production solutions faster and more cost-effectively, the exhibitor explains.
The “AM Factory of Tomorrow” not only refers to the decentralised approach with regional printing centres as service providers round the globe, but also specific measures for increasing productivity in series production. In this case, it is all about exploiting the digital potential for industrial process and system design in accordance with the “Industry 4.0” approach.
Concept Laser is formulating three significant aspects for this purpose: Digital networking of systems, integration into the production environment and automation of processes. In this regard, a completely new machine concept is being shown, one that picks up and runs with these aspects. According to Concept Laser, it includes flexible machine loading as well as spatial separation of the set-up and dismantling procedures.
“Build rates have increased enormously with multi-laser technology,” CEO and President Frank Herzog says. “The build envelope sizes have increased remarkably. Now, we intend to use an integrated system concept to show what possibilities exist for Industry 4.0 approaches to change AM as the production strategy for the future.”