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CMS and Caracol partner on 5-axis gantry and 6-axis robotic LFAM

Combining the strengths of the Kreator and HERON AM systems

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CMS SpA and Caracol, the leading Italian companies in advanced manufacturing, officially formed a collaboration and unveiled it at JEC World, the World’s most important composites and advanced materials fair. With this collaboration, the companies aim to promote the development of the large format 3D printing market globally through commercial synergies and technological development.

Caracol is a leading company in the world of robotic large-format 3D printing. Born as a startup at the end of 2017, the company is now an international scale-up that has developed an integrated hardware and software platform for large-scale additive manufacturing: Heron AM. This platform works with polymers and composites to produce advanced industrial components for several sectors, including aerospace, marine, automotive, design, architecture, and more.

Caracol’s largest HERON AM cell

CMS, part of Scm Group, is a global leader in the production of technologies for the processing of composite materials and partner of strategic companies in various sectors, such as aerospace, automotive, and marine. The company produces machines and systems to process different materials, such as CNC multi-axis machining centers, thermoforming machines, and waterjet cutting systems. Since 2018, the company begun its journey in the additive manufacturing sector with CMS Kreator, an exclusive Large Format Additive Manufacturing Solution. CMS’s offering is broad and includes both hybrid machines, that combine additive technology with milling, as well as only printing machines. The decade-long experience CMS has in the processing of composite materials, guarantees performing solutions and high technological value.

CMS’ Kreator working on a 45° angle.

Together the two companies aim to deliver to clients the benefits of additive manufacturing on large scale components, by joining the technical know-how developed on different movement supports: on the one hand robotics with 6+ axes, and on the other 5-axis centers.

Thanks to this commercial collaboration between the two companies, it will be possible to accelerate technological developments and, most of all, support end-user’s adoption of LFAM technologies, by continuing to find new applications wh

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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