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Before taking the step towards 3D printing it is essential to know which components would be interesting to produce with 3D printing technology. A questionnaire can help you to determine the potential of your range of products.

automated polishing_Fraunhofer IPT

Would a generally applicable tool help polishing experts when polishing basic shapes and surfaces of one‑of‑a‑kind objects, such as injection moulds? Sirris wants to find out... You can help us and benefit from the results!

To benefit from 3D printing, its potential needs to be integrated into the product design. This means that features and internal structures can be made that would be impossible with traditional manufacturing technologies. In addition, technology needs to be integrated into the entire production chain alongside other technologies. Sirris is focusing on both aspects.

A huge project of innovation by additive technologies has been launched in Wallonia; it should lift the technological barriers to transfer to industry by responding to the needs expressed by companies.

Polymer Additive Manufacturing is moving from a prototyping technique to a production technique. Major changes can be expected for equipment suppliers, yet the future will partly depend on how standardisation evolves.

Additive manufacturing is almost ready for the production floor. However, several challenges still remain in relation to its industrialisation and upscaling.

Ultrasonic processing offers some interesting benefits, but a disadvantage is that it requires a specific machine into which the technology is integrated. Two manufacturers have put a solution to this on the market.

The Sirris Da Vinci team took these wise words by Leonardo da Vinci to heart as they designed their soapbox for the Red Bull Soapbox Race taking place in Kluisbergen on 10 September.

adapter, plug-and-play adapter

Communications and data exchange have become crucially important in the wake of the Industry 4.0 revolution. This is often not so obvious between machines because they don’t always work according to the same standards. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have designed a module to make this transition: a plug-and-play adapter.

On 14 November Sirris presents a pilot of an 'AM integrated Factory' in the machine hall in Diepenbeek. This pilot set-up of a production line combines different state-of-the-art technologies: LBM (laser beam melting), 5-axis high-precision milling, laser hardening, surface functionalization by means of a femtosecond laser and operator support by means of a cobot. A unique feat for Belgium and beyond!