Revolution in Additive Manufacturing First 3D printer to incorporate Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Italian machinery company Breton, announced the development of the first 3D printer that integrates Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The “Genesis” 3D printer is designed the large-scale production of thermoplastic materials and can combine additive and subtractive methods.
An Additive Manufacturing solution launched by Breton is to evolve 3D printing by using machine learning algorithms and advanced artificial intelligence systems to achieve high-level mechanical and aesthetic properties. Genesi is also one of the world’s largest 3D printers for prototyping (3 metres in height, up to 5 metres in width and length on request) with a deposition capacity up to 200 kg per hour of reinforced thermoplastic materials.
The research and development of new 3D printing systems on which the Breton Institute of Technology has focused in recent years is part of the project co-financed by Mise “True 3D printer”. The solution with which Breton wants to open up a new path for businesses is the result of a process rich in synergies, exploiting the machine learning and artificial intelligence skills of the Canadian company Augmenta, but also all the printing process experience of the MUSP, a research institute in Piacenza.
The development process was carried out in close cooperation with material manufacturers in this sector, such as Sabic, and by forming partnerships with strategic companies, such as Siemens in the field of software.
Combining the two methods, additive and subtractive
Genesi can operate either in a purely additive version or in combination with a subtractive system. This second solution overcomes the limits of the pure additive method, which allows the production of near net shape parts that are close to the final shape but not completely finished. With Genesi, finishing and optimisation are ensured by the high-speed subtractive capability installed in the same machine, thus making the part not only near net shape but also ready to use.
Breton invites companies wishing to try out this new solution to visit the company and see Genesi and its advantages first-hand. The Genesi proposal can be configured with modules of different sizes, with solutions that are adapted to the needs of our current and potential customers.
A partnership has already been established with an innovative startup, Northern Light Composites, which is using the advantages of Genesi to manufacture the moulds for the prototype of “Ecofoiler”, the first sailing boat with a completely recyclable foil on the market. Ecofoiler is a 3.80-metre hull designed by Matteo Polli with the collaboration of foiling experts such as Matteo Ledri, who has already been involved in three America’s Cup campaigns.