AREVO Announces AGC Inc. as its Strategic Manufacturing Partner in Japan to Provide Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS) of 3D-Printed Composite Parts

Leading industrial conglomerate AGC Inc., formerly known as Asahi Glass, is the first to install AREVO’s industrial-grade composite 3D printing equipment in Japan and offer MaaS

Milpitas, CA and Tokyo, Japan – November 18, 2019 – AREVO, the Silicon Valley company transforming composites manufacturing through digitalization, today announced AGC, Inc. as its strategic business partner in Japan to provide MaaS for the on-demand production of ultra-strong, lightweight 3D-printed composite parts for the Japanese market.  This service is based on AREVO’s “Aqua” platform, the world’s first industrial-grade continuous fiber 3D printing system capable of printing parts of up to one meter cubic volume.

With breakthrough innovations in software, robotics, and materials science, AREVO is uniquely qualified to offer this innovative MaaS platform, as the company has unlocked the true potential of carbon fiber to provide composite parts with unprecedented low cost, true “production scale” for 3D-printed goods and reduced design cycles for a wide range of consumer and industrial products.

AREVO "Aqua" 3D-Printing System for Composite Parts (Photo courtesy of AREVO)
AREVO “Aqua” 3D-Printing System for Composite Parts (Photo courtesy of AREVO)

The Aqua Printer uses a patented laser-based DED (“direct energy deposition”) in-situ consolidation process.  This closed loop process with machine learning algorithms is the world’s most advanced thermoplastic composite deposition technology.  This process has been validated with the highest mechanical properties and lowest voids, or “gaps,” within the finished product (as measured by the total volume) as compared to any other 3D printing technology.

Composite parts are printed using high performance composite material with a PEEK (polyetheretherketone) thermoplastic polymer matrix and aerospace grade carbon fiber.  This material meets stringent FST (Fire, Smoke, Toxicity) requirements for aerospace and defense applications. Further, PEEK offers outstanding resistance to harsh chemicals, excellent mechanical strength and dimensional stability.

A critical advantage for AREVO and the company’s customers lies in the industry’s first, fully integrated composite tool chain to accelerate the process from concept to production of the composite parts.  This software features:

Composite generative design with optimum fiber orientation
Mechanical performance prediction and optimization
Virtual 3D printer visualization of the print process
Monitoring process data during the print process for automated quality control

The technology meets the most rigorous manufacturing specifications of the aerospace industry — for primary structures such as wing and fuselage components, engine components such as cascade and interior parts such as cabin seat frames and partitions. AREVO also provides a cost-effective solution for consumer products such as sporting goods and in other areas of transportation. For instance, the company has made great strides recently in the bicycle manufacturing industry with two major customer wins in 2019 and endorsements from leading designers in the Netherlands and the U.S.

“This is a landmark achievement in the ongoing evolution of manufacturing and the Industry 4.0 movement,” said Hemant Bheda, Co-Founder and Chairman of AREVO.  “We are all working towards super-efficient and sustainable processes with localized on-demand manufacturing.  We look forward to working with AGC to scale our MaaS platform in many industrial sectors.” 

Mr. Bheda is giving a presentation about AREVO’s breakthrough technology and manufacturing processes at the Silicon Valley – New Japan Summit 2019 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Stanford University.

About AGC Inc.
AGC Inc. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President & CEO: Takuya Shimamura) is the parent company of the AGC Group, a world-leading glass solution provider and supplier of flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals, ceramics and other high-tech materials and components.  Based on more than a century of technical innovation, the AGC Group has developed a wide range of cutting-edge products.  The AGC Group employs some 50,000 people worldwide and generates annual sales of approximately 1.5 trillion Japanese yen through business in about 30 countries.  AGC Inc. led AREVO’s series B funding round, announced in May 2018.

About AREVO, Inc.
AREVO is delivering the future of composite manufacturing today through breakthrough advancements in software, materials, and robotics. Through enabling the 3D printing of large, mass-produced parts and structures from bikes to flying cars, AREVO is revolutionizing mainstream manufacturing and the global supply chain.

Source: AREVO, Inc.

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