New Digital Manufacturing Centre to use ‘revolutionary’ Industry 4.0 Additive Casting technique
03 February 2021
The Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC) will implement a ‘revolutionary’ manufacturing technique when it opens soon at Silverstone Park, after announcing a new partnership with Enable Manufacturing.
The novel approach (namely Enable Manufacturing’s Additive Casting®) will see the DMC overhaul traditional casting processes and deliver a modern, viable manufacturing solution that embraces Industry 4.0 principles.
Suitable for a variety of part complexities and sizes, the Additive Casting process is offered in more than 130 different metals. It provides a scalable, cost-conscious manufacturing option without compromising on part quality or end-use performance.
Additive Casting is yet another state-of-the-art process that the DMC’s engineers will use to solve complex customer challenges across the aerospace, space, defence, automotive, motorsport and industrial sectors.
Kieron Salter, Chief Executive Officer at the DMC, commented: “Our mission is to provide engineering-led manufacturing solutions for the most demanding applications from aerospace to industrial. This means that we seek out the best manufacturing processes and technologies and apply them to solve the challenges that our customers face.
“Enable Manufacturing’s Additive Casting process offers perfect synergies to the DMC’s additive, net shape and subtractive capabilities, giving us a diverse array of production options to suit exacting customer requirements.
“Over the coming months, we will be working closely with the Enable team to seamlessly integrate Additive Casting into our existing digitalised processes.
“This collaboration is another exciting demonstration that the DMC and its partners are leading UK manufacturing into and beyond the fourth industrial revolution.”
Phil Kilburn of Enable Manufacturing added: “Casting is often seen as a traditional manufacturing method that cannot meet the high-specification requirements of leading-edge industries.
“In developing Additive Casting, our team has completely revolutionised the process, allowing for far more complex parts, much shorter lead times and eliminated the need for expensive tooling.
“We are excited to work alongside the DMC to bring this technology to the global manufacturing marketplace.”
Headquartered in new 20,000 sq ft premises at Silverstone Park, the Digital Manufacturing Centre will realise the disruptive potential of additive and connected manufacturing.
Providing serial production parts and technology solutions, the DMC was created by leading engineering company KW Special Projects and made possible through significant investment from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).
The DMC is one of a growing number of business operating in advanced engineering, manufacturing, electronics and software development locating to new industrial premises in the Enterprise Zone at Silverstone Park.