The content of the robot extruder training and how it is conducted differs based on the preferences of the client. CEAD is able to provide the training through an online call, at our production hall, or on-site. The current article elaborates on the training that is given to new owners of the AM Flexbot solution.
Specifications of the AM Flexbot training
CEAD does not differentiate between starters, advanced or other types of training, all clients receive the same level of training. However, the training is personalized as much as possible. Think for example of engineers that are familiar with CNC machines, who require different/less training than people who are new to the machinery.
Generally, the training is followed by up to 5-6 persons. This is due to the ideal trainer-to-trainee ratio of 1 to 3. AM Flexbot training is usually conducted by two application/customer support engineers. In our experience, a maximum of three persons per trainer provides the optimal experience for the trainees. If necessary, on request it is possible to provide training with a higher capacity.
Contents of the AM Flexbot training
The training for the AM Flexbot can be divided into three different components: an online part, a visit at CEAD, and on-site training at the client’s preferred location.
1. Online course
The first part consists of an online course concerning the AM Flexbot, which clients can complete in their own time. The video course covers various topics, such as:
- Information on the driver: G-code.
- An elaboration on the system behind the machine.
- How to design for large scale additive manufacturing as opposed to smaller 3D printing machines or CNC machines.
- Design cases that can be completed online.
- An introduction to Siemens NX, the software which enables CAD modeling, advanced slicing operations, bead modeling, simulations and, advanced milling operations.
2. In-house training
Once this course is completed, the client is invited to get to know the machine at our production facility. During this visit, we discuss the various buttons and functions of our AM Flexbot. This training focuses on the ‘hands-on’ aspect, clients are encouraged to use the AM Flexbot themselves. During the visit, our application and support engineers will provide an in-depth overview of the hybrid manufacturing capabilities of the AM Flexbot and Siemens NX. The content is revised multiple times during the visit, ensuring optimal retention.
3. On-site training
After one week of working with the AM Flexbot in Delft, the training continues with the final part which takes place on-site. At the start of this training, CEAD installs the AM Flexbot in the production facility of the client. During these 2-3 days of training, the role of our engineers is more spectating than instructing. They will only intervene with 3D printing activities if they see possible improvements. This part of the training is mostly concluded in order to give the client optimal confidence in the usage of the AM Flexbot.
After completion of the training
The main target of the training is to instruct new customers of an AM Flexbot in optimal usage, resulting in confident printing and milling. Clients gain a better understanding of the printer after completion of the training.
CEAD’s training functions more as an introduction into large scale additive manufacturing as opposed to a full scale production training. Clients are advised to gain experience with the AM Flexbot by themselves in order to continue the learning process. This valuable experience is not something that we can transmit through the reserved time for training.
Clients are provided with a complete package of video documentation after the training. Answers to frequently asked questions are found in these videos, as well as an overview of the content of the training. Also, the customer support department will support the client if any questions arise after the completion of the training.
Schedule a large scale additive manufacturing training
While the AM Flexbot training is obligated for all new AM Flexbot users, CEAD also provides complimentary training for our robot extruders. The pricing of these training depends on the requirements listed by our clients. Are you interested in receiving more information on a large scale additive manufacturing training from CEAD? Please feel free to contact us for additional information or personalized training.
An excellent insight in training can be found in the review on a robot extruder training below by Xabier Pérez Ferrero of Aimen Centro Tecnológico.