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Midwest Prototyping commissions new AM-Flow production line

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Midwest Prototyping recently took their next step towards a fully automated additive manufacturing production plant with end-to-end product tracking and tracing by installing the AM-VISION and AM-SORT, in the AM-Flow production line at their Blue Mounds production facility.

The company is one of the first clients of AM-Flow using AM-Flow’s vision technology. This moment marks the step to the brand new, next-generation VISION and SORT. With these production modules, Midwest Prototyping is able to fully automated recognize, sort and route their daily volume of SLS, MJF and SLA prints, in only seconds per part.

“Midwest Prototyping is one of those visionary companies that saw the need for workflow automation at a very early stage. Both to  address efficiency, as well as to provide a better customer experience, opening up new demanding markets where process control is important for certification, ” said Stefan Rink, CEO AM-Flow.

Midwest Prototyping commissions new AM-Flow production line
The AM Flow production line also includes more possible modular stations such as AM-Flow Bagging

Midwest Prototyping maintains the highest standards of operational excellence and continuous improvement in every aspect of its organization. With the placement of the AM-VISION and AM-SORT, fully MES integrated, the production workflow has become fully paperless.

“The bottlenecks in the industry right now are largely in the post-processing side, so everything after the printer. We understood this some time ago and have been working aggressively to solve it as we continue our mission to reinvent the service bureau. Our interest in AM-Flow goes back several years now, as we were one of the earliest adopters of their solutions,” said Steve Grundahl, President Midwest Prototyping. “We remain very impressed with the AM-Flow technology and are excited to upgrade our facility with their latest offering. While we continue to grow, we just can’t continue to add human labor to simply sort parts.”

Midwest Prototyping is a leading, privately-held Additive Manufacturing company with locations in Wisconsin and Colorado. With 6 different AM technologies, over 40 machines with more than 40 materials, ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certifications, they serve clients globally with premium Additive Manufacturing services.

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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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