ADDIHIVE’S POWDERLOOP: THE MISSING LINK IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING POWDER MANAGEMENT?

3D Printing Industry | 10/26/2018 | Beau Jackson
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Addihive, based in County Limerick, Ireland, is a startup with a potential solution for facility-wide management of additive manufacturing powders. The company was founded in 2017, and has now been recognized as a nominee in the 2018 Irish Times Innovation Awards for “proven originality, market/user impact, project management and the potential for sustainability.”

Patrick Byrnes, research and business development manager at Addihive, says, “Our mission is to streamline, complement and scale the additive process with our customer base through the implementation of proprietary technology and market-leading solutions,”

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“WE HAD SEEN A RELATIVELY STRONG PUSH ON THE MARKETING AND UPTAKE IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT WITH MULTINATIONAL CUSTOMERS, BUT NOBODY SEEMED TO CATER FOR THE PRE- AND POST-PROCESS ECOSYSTEM AND WE CREATED A NUMBER OF INNOVATIONS TO EXPONENTIALLY IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY, OVERALL EQUIPMENT EFFICIENCY AND PROCESS QUALITY.”

Addihive’s patent pending technology is in development for the PowderLoop system. In company media, PowderLoop is depicted as a series of boxes attached to the top of metal additive manufacturing systems. Connected by a network of pipes, each of these systems lead back to a central control unit, giving real-time readings of batch quality, automated sieving and powder removal – ultimately limiting material wastage. It is a closed loop system, promising no compromise on floorspace.

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At present, PowderLoop appears only as a concept system. Addihive is still developing proprietary processes, large scale quality management systems, and 24/7 automation. Byrnes explains, “We...
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