Since March several student teams have been working on the challenges of the Flexible Post Processing solution (FPP). Five teams of Rotterdam Business School students started their research on the economic benefits and possible business models. One team researched the impact on the aviation industry and has been offered an assignment in a summer school setting for further processing their report. This will serve as input for our research on the technical and economic validation of the FPP as a whole.
Besides this assignment, a team of Engineering and Applied Science students specialized in mechatronics is working on the setup and operation of a desktop version of the integrated flexible post processing solution of 3D metal printed parts for demonstration purposes. Because of the size of the machinery involved, a mock-up of the full process is impossible. Selecting a scanner, rotating platform and CNC machine is quite a task, as they all have to fit the compact scale of demonstration. the project therefore had to compromise on reproducing the actual process with a realistic demonstration. They will present their work on July 4th, during Future Flux Festival at RDM Rotterdam (NL).