The project’s robotic tools can take a complex shaped component such as an injection molded part, or composite panel and add wiring, printed electronics, terminations, surface mounted components as well as additional structure and mounting points. Automated tool-changing allows the application of additive or subtractive processing.
5-axis Fused Filament Fabrication.
Our unique system can create polymer structures with smooth curved surfaces and align the laminations to create much stronger components. This non-planar print method can create complex structures 5 – 10 times faster than existing FFF printers.
The smooth polymer surfaces that the 5-axis additive manufacturing head can create are ideal for creating 3D conductive tracks. M-Solv supplies a laser head to the project which can cure and sinter metal paste to create printed electronics with better conductivity than any competing system.
Embedded Filaments and Wires.
Embedding wires into the polymer can make 3D structures capable of power applications as well as data, embedded fibre-optic sensors and multi-mode data fibres. It is possible to precisely add carbon or glass fibre reinforcement to a part to give local strength to a polymer component.
Pick and place components.
Printed circuit boards and key components such as touch surfaces, connectors and buttons can be positioned and fixed in place to complete a fully functional automated assembly.
Structural analysis is key to design success but currently estimates or ignores the wiring harness. Manufacturing using our process which includes structural wiring in the design means that an entire lifecycle can be tested during the design phase for complete optimisation.