Seit Mitte der 90iger Jahre beschäftigt man sich bei antecX mit den Anwendungs-
möglichkeiten generativer Fertigungsverfahren.
Generative Manufacturing processes
Since the mid 90s, we at antecX have focused on the different areas of applications of
generative manufacturing processes.
The students are being confronted with the topic for the first time within the framework of the
mandatory course “Design/Rapid Prototyping”, which gives an overview of the current generative
manufacturing processes. In the corresponding lab/practical training a small-scale design
project is to be completed/accomplished. Here the design process will have to be carried out
starting from creative project outlines, via 3D CAD modeling of the favoured concept, to the
creation of simulation data for rapid prototyping.
In the specialised course “Prototyping” as well as a mandatory group project, the so-called
“Ringprojekt”, the CAD models will be transformed into functional prototypes using Fused
Layer Modeling (FLM). For the prototype manufacturing the FLM facility of the antecX laboratory
(uprint SE plus by stratasys) as well as various desktop 3D printers (e.g. Ultimaker 2)
will be used.
The results of the finished student projects have been exhibited on various exhibitions/trade
shows, e.g. Industrial Fair Hannover, boot duesseldorf, etc.
Over the years different generative manufacturing tasks have been looked at, primarily in the
context of theses:
CAMPS : Computer Aided Model Plant Design
Development of a processing strategy for automated manufacturing of coloured , to-scale
process plant design models using integrated plant design engineering tools.
First industrial applications were implemented in the pipeline design/planning in the naval
Currently, a scale training process plant for teaching is being developed using CAMPS, which is
supposed to operate in network with the corresponding virtual reality plant model.
In the automotive sector various projects were worked on that addressed the process selection
for the operation of rapid prototyping, - tooling and - manufacturing applications.
Besides the comparative validation of achievable manufacturing qualities, they were concerned
with the issues of process operation, - integration, production time and economic feasibility.
Especially the cost-efficient Desktop 3D Printers offers students a compelling option for testing
and implementing creative ideas for process improvement. This includes e.g. the optimisation of
filament transport from FLM plants for process acceleration, retrofitting machines for operating
new construction materials or development of special handling devices for the transport of
powder for colour 3D-printers.
Design regulations to establish 3D-models for the optimised operation of professional
large-scale prototyping plants (FLM,SLS,3DP) were developed.