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Advances in Multi-Process Hybrid Production Cells for Rapid Individualised Laser-Based Production

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LORTEK Technological Centre, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), Arranomendia Kalea 4A, 20240 Ordizia, Spain
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Fraunhofer ILT—Institute for Laser Technology, Steinbachstraße 15, 52074 Aachen, Germany
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SmartFactory-KL, Trippstadter Str. 122, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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EROWA AG, Knutwilerstrasse 3, 6233 Büron, Switzerland
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AUTODESK Ltd, Small Heath Business Park, Talbot Way, Birmingham B10 0HJ, UK
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Academic Editor: Saulius Juodkazis
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(4), 1812; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11041812
Received: 16 January 2021 / Revised: 9 February 2021 / Accepted: 12 February 2021 / Published: 18 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Optics and Lasers)
In this paper, the approach and main advances made in multi-process hybrid production cells (HyProCell) for rapid individualised laser-based production are compiled and discussed, including highlights and achievements. HyProCell constructs automated manufacturing platforms that integrate highly flexible laser-based additive build processes with more conventional yet precise subtractive machining processes and include novel solutions like automatic powder removal system/machines and robot arms in integrated multi-process production cells. The HyProCell approach can either build parts additively from scratch and finish them in a coherent production single line/cell or prepare parts by machining and add laser-based additive features, achieving otherwise impossible shapes. In addition to producing new parts, existing parts can be repaired or improved by adding new details with the HyProCell hybrid concept. The research work includes the design of pilot cell facilities, the development of the, and a new modular architecture including a middleware and integration layer to ensure automation with improved pallet handling systems. Finally, the MES and data management methodologies for future improvements and pilot facility implementation were made. View Full-Text
Keywords: hybrid additive manufacturing; laser-based production; manufacturing digitization; automated multiprocess production cell hybrid additive manufacturing; laser-based production; manufacturing digitization; automated multiprocess production cell
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Pereira, J.C.; Moreno, R.; Tenbrock, C.; Herget, A.; Wittich, T.; Hamilton, K. Advances in Multi-Process Hybrid Production Cells for Rapid Individualised Laser-Based Production. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 1812. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11041812

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Pereira JC, Moreno R, Tenbrock C, Herget A, Wittich T, Hamilton K. Advances in Multi-Process Hybrid Production Cells for Rapid Individualised Laser-Based Production. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(4):1812. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11041812

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Pereira, Juan C., Ramón Moreno, Christian Tenbrock, Arnold Herget, Thomas Wittich, and Kelvin Hamilton. 2021. "Advances in Multi-Process Hybrid Production Cells for Rapid Individualised Laser-Based Production" Applied Sciences 11, no. 4: 1812. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11041812

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