FlexiFinish

Flexible and automated finishing and post-processing cell for high value AM components – FlexiFinish

Start date: 01 June 2016
Duration: 24 Months
Lead Organisation: TTL
Funding: Innovate UK

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is moving into series production, opening up unparalleled opportunities for suppliers, service providers and end-users. Unfortunately, despite the many advantages of AM, poor surface finish is a major barrier to adoption, particularly in demanding end-use applications, such as the civil aerospace industry.

Currently there is no effective solution to this problem, either through changes to the AM process or using conventional post processing approaches which are costly, time consuming and difficult to control.

FlexiFinish is part of MTC post-processing capabilities and will provide an automated, flexible, precise and comprehensive finishing solution for complex external and internal surfaces. Advanced CAM and process modelling tools will be employed to plan and control the finishing operation, selecting the more effective combination of finishing method for each surface from a comprehensive array of options to provide a targeted and precisely controlled solution which is carefully monitored using in-process optical inspection.

The FlexiFinish project is supported by funding from Innovate UK.


 


I was very impressed with the whole experience working with Steve and Dave.
They came onsite, listened and then saw the problems we were having with our process. We explained how we wanted the process improved and they delivered with a number of solutions.
I cannot fault their commitment, brilliant work for the Brilliant Factories project.

Chris Gray
GE Oil & Gas