Industry 4.0: additive manufacturing to help transform projects at RIO

17 de September de 2020 Blog Institutional All Posts

Whether because of its high potential to transform the workflow or its capacity to revolutionize production lines at the companies, it is a fact that industry is becoming even more interested in additive manufacturing. This movement is gaining more strength as companies find new ways to explore these tools, in particular 3D printing!

That is because 3D printers have become extremely popular – and powerful – over the years, especially in the markets that work with component modeling and prototyping, as it is possible to create faithful reproductions of original parts more promptly and quickly.

Moreover, 3D printing is capable of producing customized models for several types of tests, and that is ideal for anyone who needs to meet the demand for parts and original components.  It is not for nothing that this technology nowadays is in the manufacture of automobiles and aircraft, the development of dental implants, prosthesis, as well as other applications that are opening doors for innovation.

Here are the main benefits of additive manufacturing for the industry

Additive manufacturing indeed has several advantages to companies adopting the technology. A good example, as we mentioned before, is more detailed and precise prototypes. This differential, for example, allows a company to carry out tests by using more realistic versions of products, spending much less. Thus, the final versions are more efficient and meet the customer’s needs even better.

Another great advantage of using this manufacturing model is how faster the items are built and set. The production is quick and complies with the digital object model (a type of plan, quite precise, containing all the relevant items concerning the item). This quickness allows a higher number of products manufactured, tested, and validated simultaneously, meeting the demands of the market in a more automated way.

Moreover, the raw materials of the production are more accessible than the traditional ones.  Thus, with additive manufacturing, it is possible to manufacture items by using several, different materials in a single process. This is extremely important when we speak of production for the industry since the market requires parts with more varied densities, dimensions, and strengths.

RIO Prototype Factory: agility in service of innovation

We already saw that additive manufacturing has revolutionized the modus operandi of several companies, and is one of the ascending technologies in the industry 4.0. The RIO automation and engineering teams worked hard to bring our Prototype Manufacture to the market, the RIO’s solution in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

The work here is going full speed ahead and is recognized nationwide for the services we provide. We invited our engineer and engineering & quality technical manager Felipe Goulart to an interview on the working routine at the Prototype Factory about the production of components and models that serve the original equipment manufacture (OEM) market.

In the interview, Felipe tells that the greatest differential of the RIO Prototype Factory is the amount of expertise. “At RIO, we can combine the technical know-how of a company with over 70 years of experience in the automobile market with cutting-edge technology in additive manufacturing. That creates a unique scenaRIO where we can deliver speed and flexibility by making a point of quality”, he explains. You can read the interview in full here.

Felipe Goulart and the Prototype Factory

That’s quite interesting, isn’t it? It is worth mentioning that our engineering teams also apply simulation software to the model designed, to simulate the casting process and to forecast the machining process. Thus, we can foresee any faults and make improvements in the project stage, minimizing any errors!

“Our molding lines are quite flexible when it comes to 3D printing. That is because we can produce items ranging from 20 grams (0.7 oz.) to 200 kilos (441 lb.), thanks to our portfolio with over 70 different alloys. Thus, we can offer a series of performance alternatives or improvements to our customers”, Felipe says.

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Those who are working with the development of original solutions know well that such flexibility contributes to reducing the time to market of products and their production costs, and increases agility and efficiency when developing new projects! That is how RIO helps its company create movement towards innovation! Do you want to know more about how we innovate to contribute to your business? Visit our website or contact our team. We are at your disposal!

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