Russian contract robotics manufacturer TEN fab has completed work on a batch of 3D printers for the Russian-Luxembourg joint venture Anisoprint. The first 100 production machines have already been delivered to the customer in December 2020. This was reported by the press service of TechnoSpark Group, which includes TEN fab.
Contract manufacturing of high-tech products
The company produces specific equipment, which is directly tied to the brightest innovations and inventions. The sphere of activity and interests of the company are mechatronics, robotics and high-tech medical equipment.
Modern high-level 3D printers are devices that combine all of the above specializations. These are the models that TEN fab produces under contract for Anisoprint. Their resources and capabilities are designed for printing parts and tooling for the aviation and automotive industries, the medical field and other areas where parts made of composite materials may be in demand in this way.
The founder and the head of the board of directors of the holding "TechnoSpark" Denis Kovalevich commented the nature of the cooperation of TEN fab with Anisoprint. According to him, Anisoprint is an extremely important and significant client, because the products manufactured for this company are immediately exported to Europe and Asian countries, thus consolidating the position of TEN fab and "TechnoSpark" in the high-tech industry at the global level.
Denis Kovalevich added that his company used to be the undisputed leader in production of robotics and similar types of equipment, but only in the Russian market. Going international opens up great opportunities for developing high-tech business in Russia, and for presenting the achievements of our engineers on international markets.
Transferring production from Germany to Russia
The successful cooperation between Anisoprint and TEN could have started much later or not at all if it were not for the COVID-19 pandemic, ironically enough. This is exactly the case when an acute crisis in the global economy opens up opportunities where none existed before.
The Russian-Luxembourg company Anisoprint is engaged only in development, that is, in the design of the Composer A3 and Composer A4 3D printers. And the production itself is taken over by third-party enterprises on a contract basis. This is normal practice in today's globalized world.
Previously, Anisoprint ordered the production of printers from a German manufacturer based in Germany. But with the start of the pandemic, the closure of borders and the imposition of strict restrictions, Anisoprint was forced to move all its production to Russia.
According to Anisoprint CEO Fedor Antonov, TEN fab was chosen as the new contract printer manufacturer because it had the necessary technological level, experience and responsible approach to quality control. Antonov noted that TEN fab was able to ensure proper quality of high-tech products, not at all inferior to its German counterparts. Moreover, by relocating production to Russia Anisoprint was even able to reduce the cost of printers and cut expenses on internal quality control.
As for the specifics of contract manufacturing of Composer A3 and Composer A4 industrial 3D printers for Anisoprint, here TEN fab established a full cycle of turnkey machine assembly. At the beginning of the cooperation between the two companies, TEN fab was only responsible for assembling the enclosures.
Today, the company's production lines are used to manufacture enclosures, assemble components and finished units, and perform startup and commissioning as well as multilateral testing. The customer receives a fully ready-to-sell machine in its original packaging.
A special composite material reinforced with continuous basalt or carbon fibers is used as a substrate for parts production. The printhead is equipped with two working nozzles. One ensures the coextrusion process - a fiber impregnated with a special polymer mixture is connected to the thermoplastic. The second nozzle is used to feed the clear plastic directly for printing the supports and outer casings of the manufactured parts.
Anisoprint printer models differ in the size of the build area. The designation A3 and A4 in the nomenclature is very relative as it is nothing more than a reference, an analogy with common printers and the most common paper sizes. But the essence of the analogy is clear and makes it possible to intuitively estimate the volume of the working area.
The basic composite material, reinforcement and a carefully calibrated printing process allow the production of durable composite parts - spare parts, functional prototypes, brackets, aircraft interior fittings and much more - with high precision.
The press service of Anisoprint expressed the full satisfaction of the management with the cooperation with TEN fab and informed about the plans of further joint work.
High standards and the role of Rusnano
The production of modern industrial-level 3D printers requires the implementation of highly complex technological processes with an exceptionally high threshold in terms of staff qualifications. TEN fab initially had serious support for this. The parent structure is a large holding company TechnoSpark, which, in turn, is a structural unit of an even larger entity - the Rusnano Group.
Rosnano Group includes a joint-stock company and a management company with the same name, as well as the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. It is thanks to investments and comprehensive support of Rusnano that production of such a level as TEN fab has become possible in our country at all. In total at the moment at the expense of Rusnano investments 126 enterprises and R&D centers are successfully functioning in almost 40 regions of the Russian Federation.