AMT’s DMS Delivers Automated End-To-End Additive Manufacturing

AMT | November 21, 2019

AMT’s DMS Delivers Automated End-To-End Additive Manufacturing
AMT’s Digital Manufacturing System automates the steps of the Additive Manufacturing process to safely reduce cost and increase consistency. UK-based Additive Manufacturing Technologies Limited (AMT) has developed a fully automated system to control the complete Additive Manufacturing chain from build to final inspection. Displayed at AMT’s 3D printed stand at Formnext 2019, the DMS is holistically designed to enable additive manufacturing to reach its cost-effective potential. AMT is now backed by a $5.2 million Series A round of funding, led by DSM Venturing and Foresight. Post-processing is an often neglected problem in the Additive Manufacturing process chain. According to AMT, it is responsible for up to 60% of the cost of a 3D printed part. Post-processing is often highly manual, slow and inconsistent, ultimately depleting the advantages of using 3D printing.

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Metal 3D printing with CMT i.e. cold metal transfer method is widely studied. CMT is a form of MIG/MAG welding, but unlike typical welding process, CMT generates low heat input which provides major advantages such as a stable arc regardless of surface type and speed, a spatter free metal transfer, and the ability to join different materials such as steel and aluminium.

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Metal 3D printing with CMT i.e. cold metal transfer method is widely studied. CMT is a form of MIG/MAG welding, but unlike typical welding process, CMT generates low heat input which provides major advantages such as a stable arc regardless of surface type and speed, a spatter free metal transfer, and the ability to join different materials such as steel and aluminium.

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Hexagon | October 11, 2021

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Cornerstone Building Brands, The Manufacturing Institute | September 25, 2020

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