An innovative UK-based optimisation expert in additive manufacturing workflow has become the latest member of the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.
London-based Additive Flow has worked with the MTC-based National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) in Coventry on projects with major multi-nationals, using their unique software technology for optimising the speed, cost and quality additive manufactured products, which deliver major efficiencies and innovation across the manufacturing production life cycle.
Founded in 2017, Additive Flow pioneered unique software that optimises across design, manufacture and quality simultaneously, empowering engineers with the sustainability, economic and engineering decisions that can improve performance delivery as well as reducing costs.
Additive Flow chief executive Alexander Pluke said, “Our technology connects data silos to help manufacturers and engineers realise the benefits of the digital thread across their product development life cycles. Additive Flow’s algorithms extend beyond physics to include business data, supply chain, plant performance and quality. We’re excited to be joining the MTC and look forward to working with fellow members to take advantage of our compelling connected solutions.”
The MTC aims to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing in the UK and also improve seamless digital workflows to connect silos across, design, simulation, production and testing. This is an area that aligns with Additive Flow’s technology and has led to the collaboration with the MTC for almost two years. The work so far is creating blueprint workflows for the industrialisation of additive manufacturing and other hybrid or established technologies so organisations can rapidly connect their workflows to reduce complexity as well as leverage their existing data, tools and investments.
Technical specialist in design for additive manufacturing at the MTC, said, “We are delighted that Additive Flow has become an MTC member. Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly capable and complex, using multiple materials and component properties, requiring expertise to unlock the potential of the technology. We see Additive Flow as a critical partner to help navigate that complexity, so we are excited to be working with them to take their technology into its next stages of maturity.”
Modern day engineering exists under multiple constraints and objectives. Additive Flow’s software helps address these by balancing performance, costs and production time with repeatable workflows that connect material properties in production and allocate multiple manufacturing parameters to optimise design and production simultaneously. The software enables engineers to make the right decisions by understanding economic, engineering and sustainability trade-offs for decisions throughout the digital thread and product life cycle. Additive Flow also enables new levels of performance by spatially varying process parameters, micro-structures and meta-,materials, together with geometry.
The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.
The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.