Last updateMon, 05 Dec 2022 5pm

3D printing and milling in a shipping container

Location-independent use and flexible manufacturing: The Mobile Smart Factory wants to write a special story in the field of hybrid manufacturing. And the developers promise the simplest possible operation - hybrid production at the push of a button, so to speak.

This push of a button is delivered by 1A Technologies in cooperation with Moduleworks GmbH. With the HY5CAM software, components are to be manufactured and repaired both additively and subtractively, regardless of the kinematics and technology used.

The start of the cooperation was a customer project with Bionic Production GmbH: the "Mobile Smart Factory" is a production environment in a container. This enables components to be manufactured at the customer's site or on the way there (by ship or rail), regardless of the external conditions, using only an external power supply of 63 amps. The WAAM process or Wire-DED is used here, in combination with milling including automatic tool change.

1A Technologies sees applications for the Mobile Smart Factory primarily in the rapid delivery of individual components in small quantities. One example is the housing of a windscreen wiper motor of an ocean-going vessel, which had to be replaced due to corrosion in order to be able to guarantee the safe continuation of the journey.

After a CAD model of the component was created in the container, additive and subtractive programming followed with HY5CAM. Production was carried out on the heart of the Mobile Smart Factory: a hybrid parallel kinematic 6-axis machine tool of the type P700 from Metrom Mechatronische Maschinen GmbH. The WAAM process was followed by mechanical milling and drilling tool machining on the same machine.


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