The UK’s Imperial College London and AMFG, a provider of manufacturing execution system (MES) and workflow automation software based in London, UK, have received funding from Innovate UK to advance autonomous Additive Manufacturing.
Through a management Knowledge Transfer Partnership award (mKTP), the partners will develop software that allows machines, such as those used for Additive Manufacturing, to function entirely independently. The researchers say such software could mean improving productivity by 92% and reduce production times from five days to one, driving technologies such as metal Additive Manufacturing towards their full industrial potential.
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“Establishing strong collaborations with industry is central to modern academia, and together we can solve real-world problems,” stated Dr Connor Myant of Imperial’s Dyson School of Design Engineering. “Teaming up with AMFG, we aim to do exactly that. Our mKTP will create exciting opportunities to build research activities across the digital manufacturing spectrum.”
The partnership will produce software that includes automated order management, integration with all major AM machines, post-production management, and shipping and labelling. To do this, they will run a series of research and development initiatives that develop new solutions for each part of the workflow.
“This R&D partnership marks a monumental step towards bringing the vision of autonomous manufacturing into reality,” added Keyvan Karimi, founder and CEO of AMFG. “We are excited to be forging a relationship with an institution renowned for world-changing innovation.”