Hybrid automated machine integrating concurrent manufacturing processes, increasing the production volume of functional on-demand using high multi-material deposition rates
The KRAKEN Project aims at developing an automated/robotic machine for hybrid multi-material manufacturing, combining both subtractive and novel additive technologies, for the production of functional parts up to 20 m long with high accuracy and quality. The parts will be made in aluminium, thermoset or a combination of both materials. The KRAKEN concept (ceiling machine) will also decrease the shop-floor space needed for the same number of products.
The project will contribute to the consolidation of the hybrid manufacturing value chain by linking research results to technological needs in the fields of software, monitoring, automation, materials, standardization and end-users.
Affordable machine for end users
When comparing to the current additive and subtractive processes:
High deposition rates
Integrated milling and finishing
25% more productive
Real-time production management
No additional stations needed
In-process geometry inspection
30% less expensive
Savings on raw materials and energy
Automated measurement and control
90% less shop-floor space
Less workplaces for the same number of products
Use of ceiling installation
ACCIONA’s main role in the project
ACCIONA, as end-user of the technology developed within the project, defines the mechanical and functional specifications of its demonstrator within the project, which translates into requirements for additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies.
ACCIONA also takes part in the characterization and validation of the material specimens manufactured with the KRAKEN technology and carries out a comparative analysis with the original materials traditionally used on their products.
ACCIONA leads the WP7, where the developed manufacturing technology will be validated through three demonstration cases related to different industrial sectors:
This Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme