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30. August 2016

IKV at K 2016: Focus on Industry 4.0 and additive manufacturing

K 2016
IKV Hall 14 Stand C16

At K2016 the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University will highlight the topics additive manufacturing and integrative production technology in the form of a Cyber Physical Production System (CPPS) for plastics processing.

rint head of the X1000 3D printer from German RepRap in the IKV pilot plant for additive manufacturing (Source: IKV/Fröls)

rint head of the X1000 3D printer from German RepRap in the IKV pilot plant for additive manufacturing (Source: IKV/Fröls)

IKV said that in its research projects in the field of additive manufacturing, it takes a multi-material approach that covers a range of different products. On the one hand, it performs fundamental analyses to examine the influence of the processing process on the properties of plastics products. On the other, it looks at the potential of using additively manufactured metal mould elements in the various plastics processing processes. Alongside the practical analysis of different additive manufacturing processes, the focus is above all on the physically motivated numerical modelling. This holistic approach aims to create a fundamental understanding of the process. In addition to already established processes such as Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) and the Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) process from German RepRap GmbH, IKV is also building expertise and competence of its own via its own machine developments. The aim is hybrid production for the automated combination of different production processes. In a production cell, the Institute will show not only the automated fine machining of additively manufactured parts, but also various insert operations and the integration of further production steps.

On the subject of Industry 4.0, IKV will, in cooperation with a strong industry consortium, address the subject of the application-specific manufacture of function-integrated lightweight parts. On the IKV stand, the Institute will present, up and running, a fully automated production cell based on an injection moulding machine. The versatility and flexibility of the process will be demonstrated through ergonomic interaction with the visitor.

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