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Rivelin Robotics to lead Innovate UK’s post-processing project

Project CAMPFIRE is set to deliver automated finishing of flight parts, orthopedic implants, and gas turbine components produced using metal AM processes

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Rivelin Robotics, a UK-based robotics software company, is leading a funded project that is set to deliver automated finishing of flight parts, orthopedic implants, and gas turbine components produced using metal additive manufacturing processes. The project is part of the UK Research and Innovation’s MSI Challenge, delivered by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council. It is one of 11 grants, totaling £3.7 million, awarded to late-stage robotics and automation projects ‘with a focus on developing solutions to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience within factory production areas.’

Designated Project CAMPFIRE (Certified Additive Manufactured Parts Finished with Intelligent Robotics Engine), the team at Rivelin is leading this project and working with partners and collaborators who are committed to delivering advanced automated metal post-processing solutions for AM parts. The partners fully engaged in this project include GKN Aerospace, Materials Solutions (a Siemens Energy Business), and Attenborough Medical; along with supplier partners Yaskawa EU and Saint-Gobain.

Rivelin Robotics selected as winner of Formnext Start-up Challenge. For the company's automated metal parts post-processing solution.

The post-processing of metal AM parts is well known for causing a bottleneck in the production of end-use parts, particularly at scale. Rivelin’s Netshape Robots, which utilize 3D vision and force control algorithms, have already proved their worth in industrial settings since their launch in 2022. This project is set to demonstrate the capabilities of Netshape Robots with the potential to revolutionize tightly regulated industries (such as aerospace, medical, energy, civil aerospace, defense, and automotive) and unlock growth and investments in automation and AM.

“The support from Innovate UK has been pivotal in accelerating Rivelin Robotics’ journey. The funding not only catalyzes the development of our innovative platform, but also empowers us to tackle complex challenges in additive manufacturing. This grant is a key enabler in our mission to revolutionize robotic finishing of near-net-shape parts, enhancing the UK’s position in advanced manufacturing,” said Robert Bush, CEO of Rivelin Robotics.

With a 15-month run time, the goals of project CAMPFIRE seek to automate the manual, time-intensive metal support removal process. This alone, according to key stakeholders, would be a primary enabler in achieving a much more competitive business case for AM components. The ability to also finish those components to optimized specifications of the application and the regulatory standards they must adhere to also adds further value.

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