Rivelin Robotics has released a video ahead of Formnext 2023 showing their Netshape robots at work. It clearly shows how the automated post-processing technology for metallic additively manufactured components works – and that it is surprisingly easy to handle from the user’s point of view.
In its product range, the company offers different cells for the post-processing of metal parts: NS0, NS1 and NS2. All integrate robots from partner Yaskawa Europe, controlled by Rivelin’s Netshape software. The NS0 cell offers a cost-effective way to try out cutting-edge manufacturing software, while the NS1 – featured in the video – is suitable for the transition to high-volume production. It enables support structure removal and finishing, among other capabilities. The NS2 cell extends these capabilities, integrating parallel 8 + 8-axis machining, with two robots acting simultaneously.
Robert Bush, CEO at Rivelin says, “Our cells as seen in the recently released video are effectively enclosed microfactories that combine an industrial Yaskawa robot equipped with an array of tools, state-of-the-art sensors and processes to ensure dexterity and driven by the powerful NetShape control software that we have developed. The intelligent software uses both machine learning and traditional deterministic control theory to optimise the quality and repeatability of support removal and finishing. The result is an automated support removal and finishing solution that reduces defects in parts by up to 90%, results in a significant reduction in operational costs, and elimination of human risk and variability.”
Rivelin Robotics is positioning itself at the forefront of digital transformation in manufacturing. Their NetShape platform is based on AI technology and transforms 3D models into digital metalworking instructions executed by industrial robots. This enables companies to bring manufacturing back to their home markets, increase productivity and adopt sustainable digital manufacturing methods.
Finally, it is worth noting that Rivelin Robotics will be present at the upcoming Formnext 2023, which will take place from November 7 to 10. There, visitors will be able to see the Netshape robots in action and hear Rivelin experts explain the benefits of the automated AM post-processing solution.