15 October 2020
AM-Flow’s automation of the 3D printing industry gets a $4 million boost
The world is changing from 2D to 3D, from analogue to digital, from mass production to customization. In the manufacturing industry, this is the 4th industrial revolution. Nine technologies are going to disrupt the manufacturing industry, both in terms of manufacturing technology and business processes. Additive manufacturing, one of these nine technologies, will have the greatest impact.
The region has an ecosystem of high-tech system suppliers and parts suppliers, well known for working together on small series in a multidisciplinary open supply chain. They operate within state-of-the-art production facilities (including AM) and are capable to lead a project. In the way they cooperate, the suppliers shorten time to market for the OEMs
Additive manufacturing is going to disrupt existing supply chains, due to trends like manufacturing on demand, customizing and distributed manufacturing. As a result the revenue models are shifting. Knowledge of additive manufacturing alone is not enough, because AM is part of process. The medium-sized and smaller supplier in Brainport Eindhoven will find the right partners and facilities for supporting their position in this process chain.
For AM equipment manufacturers, it is important to react quickly to market and technology developments. Large suppliers in the region, such as NTS, KMWE, Frenken Europe and Sioux have many years of experience with projects for OEMs in semiconductor (ASML) and printing industry (Océ, Fujifilm, SPGprints, Fuji Seal). They can take the lead in projects or provide specific knowledge. AM equipment makers can benefit from both type of suppliers.
In Brainport Eindhoven technology and networks are clustered on campuses in order to create economic value and facilitate business development. Each of these campuses houses an ideal mix of companies, talents and knowledge institutes with a specific expertise. The campuses are located in close proximity and together they form a value chain that covers all technology readiness levels. For specific knowledge development, testing in a pilotarea, demonstrating use-cases, and launching new AM-technology the five campuses of Brainport Eindhoven are the place to be.