ICD Safari with student association Astatine

Nieuws | 21 mei 2021

S.A. Astatine is a student association for students of Advanced Technology and Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. It is an international non-profit association that supports the students (and staff) in creating a community, opportunities for personal development and evaluating the curriculum. This is accomplished through a combination of both educational and extracurricular activities.

Robots can be used flexibly in terms of working hours and they can perform regular tasks, allowing humans to work more efficiently. When would you deploy a robot and what is the tipping point for automating those processes? What is the advantage of 3D printing? The companies Beenen, BD Kiestra and Philips Eze discussed these topics during the masterclasses on Robotics and 3D printing. Students of study association Astatine attended the lectures online, organized by Innovatiecluster Drachten (ICD).

Thom Pijper, Project leader at Philips, asked the students what 3D metal printing exactly entails and how it differs from conventional production techniques. The advantages of 3D printing were explained with concrete examples from the industry.

SLM system van SLM Solutions
SLM system van SLM Solutions
MJF-systeem van HP
MJF-systeem van HP
End-of-arm gereedschap
End-of-arm gereedschap
Spuitgietmatrijs
Spuitgietmatrijs

The companies within ICD use 3D printing techniques such as selective laser melting, which is used to print metals, and Multi Jet Fusion, which enables the printing of plastics.

Thom gave two examples of applications with these techniques: manufacturing of complex moulds for injection moulding and end-of-arm tools for robots and explained how it works. The students were quite enthusiastic about it!


Beenen - Industrial Automation

Martijn Kuiper from Beenen knows a lot about Robotics, he elaborated on the topic and explained that interns are currently working on the R&D project ‘FFF’, which stands for Flexible production Fit for Future. This project focuses on different steps in the automation process. For example, the project investigates whether a robot can pick something up and move it to another location, or whether a robot can transfer an item from a certain size of box to another size. The goal of these studies is to make processes as flexible as possible.

Robotica
Robotica

The most important question you should ask yourself, Martijn added, is “How does a robot best fit into the process and the concept? Then you determine how fast it should operate and how many products are involved. This is the way to choose the right tool or auxiliary for the work that needs to be done.

Some of the students asked questions that went into more depth. This showed us that they found it an interesting subject from which they certainly learned something!

Thank you Beenen for your contribution.

BD Kiestra, Drachten
BD Kiestra, Drachten

Antons Prokopenko of BD in Drachten gave an interesting presentation which included several cases and talked about robot simulation software and process automation, for which he received multiple thumbs up from the students.

“With our products, we not only make more samples, we are also more efficient and cost-effective,” Antons said.

When asked whether people would lose their jobs because of the arrival of robots, Antons replied as follows: “It is of course very unpleasant to lose your job, however, bear in mind that when one person loses his or her job, you can save many other jobs at the same time by deploying robots. After all, with robotics, processes run more efficiently, so that higher production can be realized.”

By using these techniques, we can contribute to health and society.

The masterclasses were rounded off with a high-tech pub quiz that sometimes involved a few difficult questions and even some giveaways;-)

The winner, this time someone from Friesland, will win a nice prize!

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