A new AM-Flow module to automate additive manufacturing postpress


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With the AM-BAGGING solution, the company strengthens the ability to fully automate the process in order to drive Industry 4.0 and increase efficiency in high-volume multi-printer environments


AM-Flow, the provider of advanced manufacturing solutions that drive the digitalisation and automation of additive manufacturing (AM) processes post-production, will use Formnext Connect to outline how its technology can provide the missing link for those seeking to scale-up volume within AM production. The upcoming event will also see AM-Flow once again introduce new elements to its efficiency-driving solutions portfolio, as it unveils its AM-BAGGING module.


Central to AM-Flow’s technology proposition is its mission to reduce the costly, labour-intensive aspect of post-processing within the 3D printing workflow. By automating processes at this stage, the company enables manufacturers to realise their ambitions to drive Industry 4.0 production in high-volume multi-printer environments, while also delivering a full track-and-trace solution.

Using machine learning and an Industry 4.0 approach from the ground up, AM-Flow’s modular systems combine to provide a complete end-to-end solution that overcomes the inherent challenges faced when producing what can often be hundreds of different geometries, sometimes within a single batch. These comprise the identification, sorting, quality control, handling, transportation and packaging of 3D-printed parts.


AM-Bagging set for launch at Formnext Connect

“The beating heart of the AM-Flow ‘stack’ is AM-VISION, which uses 3D shape recognition to enable rapid and reliable identification of 3D printed parts based on their geometry,” explains Carlos Zwikker, Chief Commercial Officer, AM-Flow. “Once these parts are identified, they can be sorted (using AM-SORT), handled and picked with state-of-art gripper technology (AM-PICK) and transported via the use of fully autonomous cobots (AM-ROUTE).”


Formnext has provided the stage for AM-Flow’s evolution over the last couple of years, starting in 2018 with the presentation of an AM-VISION prototype. This was followed by last year’s unveil of AM-SORT, while the 2020 event is set to be doubly significant for the company. As well as being recently named a winner of the Formnext Start-up Challenge, AM-Flow will once again use it as a platform on which to announce a new product.


“We’re delighted to be introducing AM-BAGGING at Formnext Connect, a module that – as its name suggests – provides fully automated bagging and labelling capabilities to AM environments,” continues Zwikker. “The new solution perfectly bridges between AM-pick and AM-Route and exemplifies our continued quest to provide a full ‘end-to-end’ post-processing solution to manufacturers and service bureaus.”

Formnext Connect visitors will be able to connect directly with senior experts from within AM-Flow to hear more about the team’s full suite of efficiency-driving solutions, including AM-BAGGING.


About AM-Flow           
Created in 2018 and headquartered in Amsterdam and Brainport Eindhoven, AM-Flow has is an industrial automation company for additive manufacturing (AM) environments. The company’s modular solutions portfolio enables manufactures and service bureaus to deploy a fully digitalised, automated and Industry 4.0 driven post-3D printing process.
AM-Flow’s comprehensive production-line hardware provides a complete end-to-end solution comprising component recognition, handling, and sorting to packing and transport. This digital manufacturing solution connects via the company’s AM-LOGIC software with leading mainstream ERP/MES systems, enabling full tracking and tracing of parts throughout the factory floor.
AM-Flow was co-founded by Jochem van der Spek (Director R&D), Gideon May (CTO), Bas van Berkestijn, Alewijn Medendorp and Stefan Rink (CEO). The management team also includes Carlos Zwikker (CCO) and Pieter Dekkers (CFO).
Combining expert knowledge of 3D-shape identification, machine vision and artificial intelligence, AM-Flow continues to represent a trusted AM workflow optimization and automation partner to leading global manufacturers and service bureaus in diverse industries such as automotive, customized eyewear and medical/healthcare.
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