(Sheffield, United Kingdom, 23rd October 2023). At Formnext 2023, visitors that are looking for solutions to the challenges of post processing metal parts are specifically invited to the Rivelin Robotics stand (Hall 12, Stand E41).
The challenges of post processing metal parts are many. The team behind the Netshape® Robots know this better than most, and have developed solutions that meet these challenges head on. Today, for many metal additive manufacturing (AM) applications, the post processing of the parts remains a dirty, costly, time consuming, labour-intensive and often dangerous operation. The Rivelin Netshape® solutions offer a cleaner, more cost-effective, streamlined and automated approach for powder removal, support removal, and finishing.
Robert Bush, CEO at Rivelin comments, “Post processing metal AM parts, especially the complex ones (and let’s face it, that’s a dominant reason for using an additive process in the first place) invariably involves a number of dirty, manual tasks to remove excess powder, remove the part(s) from the essential base plate, or remove the intricate supports that complex geometries require, all before finishing the surface to the prescribed standard. These tasks are necessarily performed by skilled workers and as anyone working in this area past or present knows – it’s just not pretty, neither is it without risk, and manual post processing leads to part-to-part quality inconsistencies.”
Rivelin’s NetShape® Robots exists to overcome these challenges.
Bush continues, “As we will show visitors to Formnext this year, Rivelin’s Netshape® Robots offer a much cleaner approach for metal post processing and close the gap that exists in AM’s digital process chain by removing manual finishing steps. Automation is the key, with 8-axis (6+2) robots driven by the advanced and intelligent Netshape® software, which not only automates the support removal and finishing steps, but also provides process data, reliability, consistency and traceability.”
Formnext 2023 provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the Rivelin Netshape® Robots capabilities for automated post-processing and finishing and to discuss specific applications with the Rivelin team. The company will also be highlighting a new automated powder removal concept at Formnext. This is a project that the Rivelin team has worked on in partnership with Solukon, which will be exhibiting at Formnext on the adjacent stand. Rivelin and Solukon have identified areas where the two companies can collaborate and align Solukon’s large automated powder removal solution, the SFM-AT800-S, with Rivelin’s precise and reliable robotic solutions for support removal and finishing, featuring Rivelin Netshape® software and Yaskawa EU robots.
Bush concludes, “At Rivelin, we passionately believe that digital innovation and progress are not a threat to manual jobs in manufacturing; rather they offer a new paradigm focused on humans shaping ideas and technology crafting them. In this way we can promote safety, efficiency, and sustainability. We are looking forward to welcoming new friends and old to our stand at Formnext and answering any questions that they may have.”
Rivelin will be exhibiting on stand E41 in Hall 12 at Formnext 2023.