Rivelin to showcase robotics’ role in additive manufacturing post-processing at Formnext 2023

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Metal additive manufacturing company Rivelin Robotics is set to return to Formnext 2023 from 7 to 10 November to engage with customers from across the industry who are looking to future-proof post-processing and finishing solutions for metal AM production applications. 

In a media release, Rivelin said its presence at the Frankfurt event will include significant announcements of cooperation with industry giants such as GKN Aerospace and Wall Colmonoy. 

Both companies have recognised the need for consistent part properties in metal AM as a true production technology, according to Rivelin. 

The firms also emphasise the importance of automating support removal within the AM process chain to enhance productivity and ensure reliable turnaround times for every manufactured part.

Robert Bush, CEO at Rivelin, underscored the critical role played by the company’s NetShape metal AM post-processing solution:  “Embedding quality, reliability and repeatability into the post-processing of metal parts across numerous industrial sectors is where NetShape is having its biggest impact.”

Bush said the company will showcase its NetShape Robots at Formnext, which provide an automated solution for metal support removal and targeted finishing to satisfy the demands of mission-critical industries. 

“Driven by our powerful NetShape control software, both machine learning and traditional deterministic control theory are used to optimise the quality and repeatability of support removal and finishing. The result is an automated support removal solution that reduces defects and operational costs, and eliminates human risk and variability,” the CEO explained. 

Rivelin claimed its software combines human craftsmanship and intuition with the repeatability and traceability of industrial robotics by leveraging machine learning, powerful sensors, and proprietary algorithms. 

Bush further elaborated, “Formnext 2023 will not just give us the opportunity to demonstrate how our post-processing and finishing technology works, but will also give us the opportunity to discuss with attendees what it is that drives us at Rivelin, which is our profound focus on delivering a sustainable manufacturing future for businesses, their people, and the planet.”

He added, We passionately believe that digital innovation and progress are not a threat to manual jobs in manufacturing; instead, they offer a new paradigm focused on humans shaping ideas and technology crafting them — in this way promoting safety, efficiency, and sustainability.”

Rivelin said it advocates for the use of automated platforms like NetShape to facilitate sustainable “local-for-local” production globally. 

This approach entails establishing localised digital production ecosystems driven by automation, where products are manufactured close to their consumption locations. 

This shift is made possible by advanced manufacturing technologies and particularly benefits industries such as aerospace, defence, energy, and medical, which previously outsourced production due to part complexity, small batch sizes, and skill requirements. 

Interested individuals may visit Rivelin at Formnext 2023, where they will be exhibiting at Stand E41 in Hall 12.