SOLUTIONS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE COMPETENCE CENTER
Prima Additive manufactures and markets industrial systems based on innovative technologies which meet the needs of the growing Additive Manufacturing industry sector for metal. To be able to best meet these needs, it engages in collaborating with MADE 4.0 offering hardware and consulting solutions on the technologies provided.
At MADE Competence Center 4.0 building houses, it is possible to find the Print Sharp 150 machine with Powder Bed Fusion technology, a compact solution for additive manufacturing of small components.
The system operates on a powder bed in an open configuration consisting of a cylindrical work area-with a diameter of 150 mm and a height of 160-a preheating system, real-time monitoring of process parameters.
The machine is equipped with a 300W fiber laser source in the infrared wavelength, gas flow management to optimize the consumption of nitrogen or argon, and the ability to change materials in a short time thanks to modular components.
What makes the machine innovative is the possibility of customizing the process parameters, so it can also be able to conduct research and development on new materials.
The collaboration with MADE 4.0 is enriched by the possibility of having advice on the technology, applications and operation of the technologies, offering a direct contribution in terms of teaching and transfer of technological know-how.
In fact, thanks to the multitude of applications of 3D printing, the company offers solutions in a wide range of sectors: mechanical and machinery, aerospace, automotive, medical and dental, energy and oil & gas, electronics, heat exchangers, injection molding, marine, universities and research institutions, and jewelry and design.
Prima Additive advances the concept of Circular Economy with a strong focus on sustainability, striving to produce the most suitable components according to the relevant industry, with the highest precision and quality. In a circular economy, the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible. Resources used and waste are minimized, and when a product reaches the end of its life cycle, it is modified so that it can be used again, creating new value. This can bring increasing economic benefits.
DEMONSTRATORS/USES CASES IN WHICH THE SOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED
The Print Sharp 150 solution is placed in a broad context of 3D printing solutions and solutions dedicated to the entire additive manufacturing process, in which there are software, ancillary machines, monitoring and control machines which allow products to be designed in the best possible way, so that the result conforms to initial expectations, while also supporting the fundamental steps in the initial design and prototyping phase for additive manufacturing.
The production line in which the machine is included starts from the design of the component to the production of the finished, validated and controlled component.
DEMONSTRATOR/USE CASE SCOPE
Prima Additive moves its steps through a complete design process, which from start to finish allows the customer to identify the most suitable solution which conforms to their needs.
Starting from the first contact with the customer in which the technology and its main advantages are introduced, the solutions most akin to the production needs are studied, the most suitable components are identified, and once made through 3D printing technology, the conformity of the product is compared so that it can meet the expected technical-economic requirements and can actually be used within the production context. This leads to the consolidation and integration of the technology so that the customer can acquire the skills to carry out the activities in complete autonomy.
COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN PARTNERS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DEMONSTRATOR
The Print Sharp 150 machine is embedded within a larger area, enabling collaboration among the company’s various partners, such as software houses and control/post-process manufacturers, at every stage, from the beginning to the end of the production process.
The collaboration begins with an ideation, prototyping and design phase of additive manufacturing, then moving through a phase of component fabrication and optimization, in which the most suitable configuration is identified, and ending with all phases of monitrong and control of the manufactured and finished product.