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Arevo names AGC its strategic business partner in Japan

Nov '19
Pic: Business Wire/Arevo
Pic: Business Wire/Arevo
Arevo, the Silicon Valley company impacting composites manufacturing through digitalisation, has named AGC as its strategic business partner in Japan to provide MaaS for on-demand production of ultra-strong, lightweight 3D-printed composite parts. AGC is the first to install Arevo’s industrial-grade composite 3D printing equipment in Japan and offer MaaS.

This service is based on Arevo’s “Aqua” platform, the world’s first industrial-grade continuous fibre 3D printing system capable of printing parts of up to one metre cubic volume.

With breakthrough innovations in software, robotics, and materials science, Arevo is uniquely qualified to offer this innovative MaaS (Manufacturing-as-a-Service) platform, as the company has unlocked the true potential of carbon fibre to provide composite parts with unprecedented low cost, true “production scale” for 3D-printed goods and reduced design cycles for a wide range of consumer and industrial products.

The Aqua Printer uses a patented laser-based DED (“direct energy deposition”) in-situ consolidation process. This closed loop process with machine learning algorithms is the world’s most advanced thermoplastic composite deposition technology. This process has been validated with the highest mechanical properties and lowest voids, or “gaps”, within the finished product (as measured by the total volume) as compared to any other 3D printing technology.

Composite parts are printed using high performance composite material with a Peek (polyetheretherketone) thermoplastic polymer matrix and aerospace grade carbon fibre. This material meets stringent FST (Fire, Smoke, Toxicity) requirements for aerospace and defence applications. Further, Peek offers outstanding resistance to harsh chemicals, excellent mechanical strength and dimensional stability.

A critical advantage for Arevo and the company’s customers lies in the industry’s first, fully integrated composite tool chain to accelerate the process from concept to production of the composite parts. This software features composite generative design with optimum fibre orientation, mechanical performance prediction and optimisation, virtual 3D printer visualisation of the print process, and monitoring process data during the print process for automated quality control.

The technology meets the most rigorous manufacturing specifications of the aerospace industry -- for primary structures such as wing and fuselage components, engine components such as cascade and interior parts such as cabin seat frames and partitions. Arevo also provides a cost-effective solution for consumer products such as sporting goods and in other areas of transportation.

“This is a landmark achievement in the ongoing evolution of manufacturing and the Industry 4.0 movement,” said Hemant Bheda, co-founder and chairman of Arevo. “We are all working towards super-efficient and sustainable processes with localised on-demand manufacturing. We look forward to working with AGC to scale our MaaS platform in many industrial sectors.”

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