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Headmade Materials to develop continuous process chain for CMF

Working in partnership with AM Solutions and Neue Materialien Bayreuth on the Autosmooth project

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Headmade Materials is working in cooperation with AM Solutions, a brand of the Rösler Group, and Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH to develop a continuous process chain for CMF, under a project named AutoSmooth.

Headmade Materials is a developer of materials and processes for powder metallurgy. In addition, the company is a pioneer of the ColdMetalFusion process and forms the bridge to industrial users. AM Solutions is a global leader in post-processing solutions for 3D printing and is working to scale and automate post-processing.

ColdMetalFusion (CMF) technology enables users to cost-effectively manufacture high-quality metal components in series production in quantities of up to 100,000,000 parts per year. However, in order to fully exploit this potential of additive series production, a decisive further development is still required: the automation of the unpacking of printed parts and their subsequent surface processing.

The main objective of the AutoSmooth project is to create a fully automated process chain ideally matched to the properties of ColdMetalFusion components for unpacking and surface treatment within the next three years. Through the close cooperation of Headmade Materials, AM Solutions and Neue Materialien Bayreuth, the respective expertise will be bundled to master this essential challenge.

Headmade Materials to develop continuous process chain for CMF working with AM Solutions and Neue Materialien Bayreuth on Autosmooth project

“From our perspective, the key to industrial production with low scrap rates for the entire industry lies in component handling. Through cooperation in the AutoSmooth project, we will reach a new level here. In order to exploit the full potential of additive series manufacturing, it requires the automation of unpacking and surface processing,” said Christian Staudigel, Co-CEO of Headmade Materials. “CMF technology has already laid the foundation for this, and now we will take the next step toward a fully automated solution with our partners.”

The expertise of AM Solutions, and thus Rösler’s 80 years of experience, in the field of surface processing and the scientific excellence of Neue Materialien Bayreuth form the perfect foundation for the development of an automated process chain that meets the highest quality standards.

Dr. Till Merkel, Division Manager Technology at Rösler Oberflächentechnik GmbH, emphasized: “Our many years of experience in surface processing combined with the high scalability of ColdMetalFusion and the research know-how of Neue Materialien Bayreuth will revolutionize additive metal series production.”

The AutoSmooth project underlines the commitment of the companies involved to push the boundaries of what is possible and create groundbreaking solutions. The partnership will undoubtedly open the door to a new era of additive series production of metal components.

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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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