Rivelin Robotics, Sheffield, UK, will introduce its NetShape Robots at Formnext 2022, the company’s first major Additive Manufacturing event. The development and commercial delivery of NetShape Robots is the result of the company’s aim to drive the mass uptake of metal Additive Manufacturing across industry by addressing one of its challenge: the lack of fast and reliable post-processing solutions for metal AM parts and components.
For many metal Additive Manufacturing applications, post-processing contributes upwards of 30% of unit cost per part, often involving manual intervention which introduces part-to-part quality inconsistency, the company explains. In addition, it is a costly, laborious, and in some instances hazardous part of the production workflow.
The NetShape Robot provides an automated solution for metal support removal and targeted finishing to meet the standards of mission critical industries. Driven by the NetShape control software developed by Rivelin Robotics, both machine learning and traditional deterministic control theory are used to optimise the quality and repeatability of support removal & finishing. The result is an automated support removal solution that is said to reduce defects by 90%, exhibits a ten-fold reduction in operational costs, and eliminates human risk & variability.
“We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at Formnext, the show being the first time that we will present our innovative metal AM post-processing technology,” stated Robert Bush, CEO at Rivelin Robotics. “The search for automated post-processing solutions is on-going and vital for the mass uptake of metal AM across industry, and is the reason that Rivelin Robotics exists. As a company, we aim to drive the uptake of AM which we see as a major contributor to a sustainable future, and which will have lasting benefits for our environment. With NetShape Robots, we introduce our first breakthrough to achieve this goal.”
Alongside stand co-hosts TextureJet, Nottingham, the Rivelin Robotics team will be available to discuss how NetShape Robots can be applied to the specifics of customer applications, and to discuss how the automation of common metal Additive Manufacturing post-processing tasks can protect workers’ health, tackle skills shortages, and reduce costs.
Those interested in scheduling a meeting with the team can do so here.