When turning 2019, the project entered the final stage in the project and as the adage goes: the proof of the pudding is in the eating. A dry run test of the post processing solution already underpinned confidence in a flexible post processing solution: not only is it possible, it is also viable. But to what degree will be established during the upcoming tests and demonstration event.
On November 7th and 8th the 3D&FPP partnership was present at the Prototyping Expo in Kortrijk, Belgium. Mr. Lengkeek took the audience along the challenges in 3D printing of large and small objects, postprocessing and integrating the two. He noted that integration of post processing requires cunning solutions for clamping, mapping and milling and polishing. This then has to be implemented into one smart and efficient production chain. The challenge is to locate and map the object, establish and translate the required post processing steps with a minimum of support structures and reclamping and repositioning actions. The partnership developed an algorithm with cloud-based compiler, functioning as add-on to existing machines. Since existing machines have a typical lifespan of 10-15 years, the post processing solution can be retrofitted.
Attract and Attractive user cases
The presence on the Prototyping Expo fair not only served as a nice platform to present our project and result, we also came into contact with two new organizations interested in providing a user case. Engie Fabricom (B) provided a complex manifold and with Sarolea (B) we are currently discussing a suitable part from their full electric motorcycle.