A small team
with big ambitions

Our aim

Robot based hybrid additive manufacturing is based on the use of 6-axis industrial robots and tool changers to print thermoplastic, metal, concrete, composite and even multi-material parts. The technology has existed for over a decade but is not yet in widespread industrial use despite the high robot density of the European industry.

One reason for this is the lack of software which lets users use the full potential of having an industrial robot. The aim of SoftDREAM is therefore to develop a generic software solution for robot based AM, including tool path generation, process parameters, simulation capabilities and a real time monitoring.

The project results will be tested for a variety of components in automotive  and aerospace by Volkswagen Group, Aerospace Valley and Spectrum Technology.,

Project focus areas

SoftDREAM is an ambitious project addressing many different areas within design and process simulation, process planning, manufacturing and real-time monitoring. These are some key areas.

Advanced tool path generation

Integration of non-linear path planning and simulation based path optimization.

Machine learning powered optimization

Implementation of ML for process optimization and planning.

Real-time monitoring and control

Process feedback based on real-time data analytics of sensor data.

Generic and customizable interface

High degree of freedom to let users define hardware and material configurations.

Project partners

SoftDREAM has an European Team from Germany, Sweden and France and is supported by EIT Manufacturing.

RISE is the project coordinator and a non-profit based research institute, offering qualified research and consultancy services targeting the manufacturing industry. RISE is a significant resource for industrialization of AM in Sweden and has during the last five years developed technology for robot based hybrid AM with integrated machining and real-time monitoring.

ESTIA Institute of Technology, is a French engineering and research graduate school with extensive experience in delivering advanced manufacturing solutions such as robot based additive manufacturing.

TU Braunschweig is an interdisciplinary RTO with automotive, aerospace and manufacturing among its focus areas. TU Braunschweig has built up the necessary infrastructure for the evaluation of the theoretical idea of hybrid additive manufacturing, called “Incremental Manufacturing Lab”, mainly financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as well as the federal ministry.

The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe.
Aerospace Valley is a cluster of French aerospace engineering companies and research centres with 869 member organizations. By the year 2025, Aerospace Valley has the amibition to aid in creation of an ambitious 35-40,000 new jobs in the aerospace sector. To achieve this, a critical task is to promote introduction of advanced manufacturing technologies, such as robot based AM, which will improve the competitiveness of the European industry.
Spectrum Technology AB, participating through the Dynamic SME Model, is a Swedish integrator providing advanced consultancy services in the fields of automation and vision systems. In the last year, robot based AM has emerged as a strategic new business area for Spectrum and the company are currently developing robot based AM cells for industrial end users.

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