UNIMEP’s Laboratory of Computational Systems for Design and Manufacturing (SCPM), located on the Santa Bárbara d’Oeste campus of the university and coordinated by prof. Klaus Schützer, received in March three 3D printers of the brand dddrop – model EVO Twin. The new acquisition for the laboratory came from resources made available by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (Capes) through the Intelligent Components in an Intelligent Production Environment (SCoPE) project.
SCoPE is one of the projects linked to the Bragecrim program, a collaborative research plan developed between Brazil and Germany in the field of manufacturing technology. The program takes place through a partnership between Capes and the German Research Support Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) in Germany, with the aim of funding research projects of groups with a solid partnership between the two countries.
According to the coordinator of the SCPM Laboratory, prof. Klaus Schützer, the German laboratory partner is the Institute for Integrated Computer Design of the Technical University of Darmstadt. In addition, the research counts on the participation of the Innovation Management Laboratory of Poli-USP. “The initiative covers the development of products and components capable of interacting in an intelligent production environment in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution and using concepts such as distributed manufacturing, intelligent assembly and additive manufacturing,” says the professor and coordinator.
The coordinator also points out that among the results achieved are also the development of partnerships with companies such as Volkswagen, Robert Bosch, Siemens and Caterpillar, among others, which have housed applied research work developed by master’s and doctoral students, some of which are still underway.
Additive Manufacturing – The equipment purchased in March for the SCPM Laboratory totals approximately R $ 200 thousand. According to Professor Schützer, this technology enables “the implementation of some of the concepts of the 4th Industrial Revolution, and bring agility and flexibility to the production environment, being able to be combined with other concepts and fostering research in the academic and industrial areas.”
He also points out that the use of these new equipment represents a differential in the training of university students who work on the projects and initiatives developed in the SCPM, allowing greater professional preparation and making it possible to work with several benefits related to this technique such as: greater flexibility of production, total freedom of customization and manufacture of single lots with less preparation time and reduced costs in transportation and sustainability, with the application of the concepts of subtractive manufacturing. “In addition, also in March, the SCPM Laboratory applied about R $ 50 thousand for the acquisition of two Workstation Notebooks and two Desktop Workstations, plus another R $ 10 thousand in consumer materials to be used by undergraduate and post- graduation in the research projects of the laboratory, “says Schützer.