14. - 17.11.2017
Frankfurt am Main
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International exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies


Session Materials & Process - Stage 2

15:00 Alexander Reik, Technical University Munich


Thursday, 16.11.2017, 15:00 - 15:30 hrs


15:00 Identification of automation possibilities within AM post-processing and finishing actions and their economic comparability versus manual operation
Reik Alexander, Technische Universität München, PhD Student, Garching b. München, Deutschland
Additive Manufacturing (AM) often requires a significant amount of manual work, especially within post-processing and finishing of the final product. In order to progress on the industrialization ladder, AM requires further development in automation. This presentation examines the ongoing research project of integrating automation technology into AM manufacturing. Robotic handling of parts, their static and dynamic positioning, the supply of parts and their removal from peripheral machinery, are discussed. Alexander Reik also considers the economic efficiency of, both, automated and manual operations and suggests the final strategy for adopting automation technology in the AM sector. The presentation considers laser sintering, and laser melting processes, only.


Herr Reik Alexander
Reik Alexander
Technische Universität München, PhD Student, Garching b. München, Deutschland
After attending the officers' training at the German Navy, Alexander Reik studied industrial engineering. He graduated in 2008 with a diploma in foci product development and manufacturing. As a research assistant at the Institute of Product Development, at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), he worked on and managed different research projects in the field of automotive drive train, lean product development, technical knowledge management and energy supply in the e-mobility sector.