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AM-Flow, a Dutch industrial automation company focused on additive manufacturing automation, obtained four million dollars of Series A funding, which allows the company to begin providing step-change automation to the AM industry. The funding also allows the company to move toward its industry 4.0 goal of the lights-out factory, where artificial intelligence computer vision, motion and robotics process 3D-printed parts. AM-Flow’s commitment to supplying this intelligence and accompanying robotics will enhance manufacturing speeds and efficiency levels.
The impact of AM-Flow’s developing technology is that companies will be able to prevent cost-driven offshoring. AM’s strength in local operations means that companies can refocus their operations right beside consumer groups while maintaining low labor and start-up costs.
This value proposition attracted several early investors. BOM Brabant Venture led the series-A funding round with support from Materialise, Midwest Prototyping and Innovatiefonds Noord-Holland. Existing investors Miller Turner and DOEN Participaties also contributed.
Engineering 3D-printing production lines is challenging because each line has to process 3D-printed parts with an infinite variety of geometries. This variety poses difficulties in identification, sorting, quality control, handling, transporting and packaging automated additive manufacturing. AM-Flow applies machine learning and an Industry 4.0 approach from the ground-up, which allows the …
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