RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
By developing both the Additive Manufacture “printer”, and the process, Scaled can constantly push the boundaries of possibility, in terms of scale, complexity and cost.
ROBOT-BASED 3D PRINTING
Robot-based printing releases Scaled from a restricted platform and now means we can print parts up to 3 metres in length. The versatility of the robot system means that advantages can be gained from robot tool-changing, multi-bed printing systems and printing out-of-plane.
Thermoplastics used traditionally in 3D printing, such as PLA and ABS, are only suited to a limited range of applications. Scaled have been working to expand the capabilities of 3D printed components by using a wider selection of higher performance materials. Scaled have been working with PA, PBT, PP, PPS (including carbon and glass-filled variants) and are now working with recycled plastics.
AUTOMATING LARGE SCALE 3D PRINTING
Scaled have been investigating the use of advanced sensor information to improve print quality and right first time manufacture of large scale components This work was started during a Innovate UK sponsored project codenamed RHIFALS - Reduced Human Interaction For Additive manufacturing at Large Scale. Our partners on that project were McLaren Automotive, Loop Technology and the University of Warwick's Digital and Material Technologies Laboratory.
COMBINING GENERATIVE DESIGN WITH LARGE SCALE 3D PRINTING
Scaled are investigating how generative design methods can help with 3D printing at large scale. Our test case is a 3D printed seat. Re-design using generative has already saved 30% in weight while increasing stiffness.