After the challenges experienced with its own Ember 3D printer, CAD giant Autodesk is focusing much of its efforts on harnessing the potential of 3D printing hardware through its software tools and high-profile partnerships with companies working on some of the most advanced AM technologies. The latest Autodesk AMSYSTEMS partnership focuses on the development of next-generation multi-material/multi-technology AM equipment.
The project, which is based on a collaboration between TNO and the Eindhoven University of Technology, is targeting the integration of AM technologies towards mass-customization production chains, enabling the industry to produce first-time-right products in aerospace, automotive, food, and pharma. Autodesk is working with AMSYSTEMS Center to provide software expertise and capabilities to bring this next generation of industrial additive multi-material and process systems to the market.
Building on the back of pioneering work such as the PrintValley system and the FieldLab Multi Material-3D of AMSYSTEMS Center, along with the expertise and experience from other manufacturing technologies, Autodesk will optimize workflows in Netfabb for fast, reliable, and efficient production of complex end-use parts in a manner that has not been possible with current technology.
“We’re excited to partner with the leading 3D printing software company to build the first real-time 3D printing software platform that supports integrated inspection and correction. Starting with Autodesk’s 3D printing software suite, we’ll develop this new workspace for AMSYSTEMS Center’s 3D printing factory-of-the-future,” said Riley Reese, Innovation Program Manager and Business Development at TNO
AMSYSTEMS Center is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network, which gives them tools and technologies to extend the capabilities of their Autodesk software. The ADN program helps developers use Autodesk’s large investments and expertise in design, engineering, and media and entertainment platform technologies to further their own technology.
Autodesk AMSYSTEMS partnership Advancing AM
The company runs several different facilities and is supported by over 30 partners which include some of the biggest and most innovative names in the AM industry. These include AM materials companies such as NexDent (acquired by 3D Systems) and Dutch ceramic AM system manufacturers Admatec. Other high profile names include Thales, Philips and Siemens, as well as other very well known Dutch 3D printing services providers such as Shapeways, Oceanz, and Lay3rs.
AMSYSTEMS’ Fieldlab MultiM3D is a pilot factory in which companies, universities, and knowledge institutes collaborate in varying consortia. It is a co-creation platform with a state-of-the-art infrastructure. With Printvalley2020, AMSYSTEMS and partners seek to make the leap from continuous AM (the existing PrintValley system) towards a hybrid continuous AM based production platform, with multi-material capabilities, the integration of components during prints and capabilities that allow high-speed mass-customization. This will enables 10X higher production speed, shorter production cycles and more competitive prices.
Another ongoing project continues to effectively develop next-generation 3D food print technologies. The NextGen Food Printer program is aimed at developing a multi-material powder deposition technology. This will open doors to the printing of completely new food textures, personalized nutrition, and novel food products in general.