AM-Flow, Amsterdam-based end-to-end digital manufacturing solutions provider, announced that it has raised $4 Million in Series A funding to scale up its 3D printing automation & Industry 4.0 solutions. It revealed that the company will focus on its AI-based computer vision, motion, and robotics solutions.
The funding round was led by BOM Brabant Ventures, Innovatiefonds Noord-Holland, Miller Turner, Midwest Technology Ventures and Materialise.
Commenting on the investment round, Stefan Rink CEO of AM-Flow said, “We are delighted to welcome our new investors, and I would like to thank our existing shareholders for their continued support. This strong syndicate of high-tech investors validates our approach and the funding enables us to expand our solution portfolio and market presence.”
AM-FLOW: INDUSTRY 4.0 & 3D PRINTING AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS
AM-Flow is an Amsterdam and Eindhoven-based company that strives to develop and deliver Industry 4.0 and automation products for the 3D printing industry. It provides end-to-end digital manufacturing solutions starting right after your 3D powder bed printers have done their job.
With its range of 3D printing automation solutions like AM-VISION, AM-LOGIC, AMSORT, AM-EXPERT, etc. it aims to become the global Industry 4.0 technology provider for the AM-industry.
The challenge with engineering 3D printing production lines, is that they have to be able to process 3D printed parts with an infinite variety of geometries. This poses difficulties in identification, sorting, quality control, handling, transporting and packaging automation for 3D printing. By applying machine learning and an Industry 4.0 approach from the ground up, AM-Flow is able to deliver modular solutions for each step today.
Speaking about its 3D printing automation products, Stefan Rink CEO of AM-Flow said, “In recent years, the possibilities and applications of 3D printing have increased enormously. However, the growth of 3D printing is limited by the absence of automated production processes. Post-production (identification, quality control, transport, and packaging) is still carried out by people. This makes 3D printing technology until now inefficient and too expensive for large-scale production lines. Through the application of machine learning, computer vision, and robotics, AM-Flow is able to deliver modular 3D printing automation solutions to automate the entire production line.”
Rink added, “We have a team that is passionate about enabling Additive Manufacturing to live up to its sustainability promise: local, distributed manufacturing. To drive further adoption of Additive Manufacturing, the industry must get to competitive price and quality levels per part, and shift her focus from the 3D-printer to the AM Factory.”
Additive Manufacturing has matured to a $12 billion dollar industry today. Climate change asks for a fundamentally different approach than mass manufacturing and globally shipping physical products. The recent impact from the Corona crisis, again emphasized the need for local production, quick innovation cycles and short supply chains.
No better time than now, to tap into the growth of this emerging industry and address the challenges of our time, producing locally with full end-to-end automation. Leveraging earlier factory investments, keeping labour cost limited while scaling up and preventing cost driven offshoring of AM-factories.
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