NCAM Invests In Cutting-Edge Large Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM) System
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NCAM Invests In Cutting-Edge Large Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM) System

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) is thrilled to announce its latest addition to their additive manufacturing technology portfolio- the acquisition of a large-format additive manufacturing system from system provider, CEAD.

The new system, known as the Flexbot, positions MTC at the forefront of large-scale polymer and composite additive manufacturing, offering exciting opportunities for the Aerospace, Defence, and Power & Energy sectors.

CEAD’s Flexbot, equipped with E25 pellet extrusion technology, marks an important milestone for the NCAM researchers. With a build volume of 1.2m x 3m x 2m, the system showcases its versatility by efficiently processing a wide range of polymer-based materials. This investment builds on years of previous polymer research into LFAM systems. MTC's dedication to sustainability is further underlined by the exploration of high-performance polymers and the recycling of these materials back into feedstock.

As part of the system introduction activities, NCAM researchers will work with MTC members and industrial customers to explore the capabilities of this system. The primary focus will be on large end-use parts and tooling applications, with particular interest in composite tooling. Moreover, the effectiveness of recycled materials will be thoroughly investigated, demonstrating NCAM's commitment to environmentally conscious practices.

To control this cutting-edge LFAM system, the MTC has also invested in Ai Build software, AiSync Pro. This advanced software solution will play a crucial role in evaluating the system's capabilities. Researchers will evaluate the software's capabilities including: Delivering process efficiencies, data traceability, and real-time feedback.

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