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AM-Flow presents AM-BAGGING solution at Formnext Connect

AM-Flow, a provider of manufacturing solutions for automation of AM post-production, will unveil its new AM-BAGGING module at the use upcoming Formnext Connect event. Central to AM-Flow’s technology proposition is its mission to reduce the costly, labor-intensive aspect of post-processing within the 3D printing workflow. By automating processes at this stage, the company enables manufacturers to realise their ambitions to drive Industry 4.0 production in high-volume multi-printer environments, while also delivering a full track-and-trace solution.

Using machine learning and an Industry 4.0 approach from the ground up, AM-Flow’s modular systems combine to provide a complete end-to-end solution that overcomes the inherent challenges faced when producing what can often be hundreds of different geometries, sometimes within a single batch. These comprise the identification, sorting, quality control, handling, transportation and packaging of 3D printed parts.

“The beating heart of the AM-Flow ‘stack’ is AM-VISION, which uses 3D shape recognition to enable rapid and reliable identification of 3D printed parts based on their geometry,” explains Carlos Zwikker, Chief Commercial Officer, AM-Flow. “Once these parts are identified, they can be sorted (using AM-SORT), handled and picked with state-of-art gripper technology (AM-PICK) and transported via the use of fully autonomous cobots (AM-ROUTE).”

Formnext has provided the stage for AM-Flow’s evolution over the last couple of years, starting in 2018 with the presentation of an AM-VISION prototype. This was followed by last year’s unveil of AM-SORT, while the 2020 event is set to be doubly significant for the company. As well as being recently named a winner of the Formnext Start-up Challenge, AM-Flow will once again use it as a platform on which to announce a new product.

“We’re delighted to be introducing AM-BAGGING at Formnext Connect, a module that – as its name suggests – provides fully automated bagging and labelling capabilities to AM environments,” continues Zwikker. “The new solution perfectly bridges between AM-pick and AM-Route and exemplifies our continued quest to provide a full ‘end-to-end’ post-processing solution to manufacturers and service bureaus.”

 

 

Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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