NetShape Robots from Rivelin Robots launched at formnext 2022. Image via Rivelin Robotics

[INTERVIEW] Rivelin Robotics Formnext Start-up Challenge 2022 Winner

The winners of the 2022 Formnext Start-up Competition are selected by a jury looking for enterprises that are “new, innovative, viable, and above all, sustainable business ideas from the world of additive manufacturing.”

This year’s winners Photosynthesis (Holland), medical lattice (France), Rivelin Robotics (United kingdom), SphereCube (Italy), and Alpha powders (Poland). another award, AM Ventures Impact award, went to Lattice Medical.

You can meet the winners in frankfurt this week at formnextHall 11.0, D72.

Also, read more in our series on Winners of the 2022 Formnext Start-Up Challenge over here.

3D printing industry: Please introduce yourself and your company?

Robert Bosch, Founder and CEO of Rivelin Robotics: Rivelin Robotics Founded while working as a Metal Production Engineer at 3T-AM (BEAMIT) after facing the challenge of getting our first AM metal part through the PPAP (Production Part Approval Process).

Our robotic finishing systems enable engineers to automate backing removal and polishing to meet standards for mission-critical production lines.

Rivelin Robotics NS-1 to support removing, finishing, polishing and blasting tasks. Image via Rivelin Robotics.

3D printing industry: what problem is your business solving?

Robert Bosch: One of our first users, GKN AerospaceHe said, “Removing automated support will not only mean eliminating one of the most labor-intensive processes in the AM series but also improving productivity with reliable turnaround times every time for every part.” I think this is an excellent summary of the problem Rivelin NetShape solves. another early adopter, Oerlikon amadding “Ensuring consistent parts properties” as a key driver for surface finishing automation.

Rivelin’s metal post-treatment solution uses a robot to continuously perform at the highest level of the world’s finest metal finishes. We’ve taken inspiration from the reliability of casting automation and made it simpler and faster to deploy so that automation is almost as flexible as a manual finisher.

3D printing industry: How does your company fit into the additive manufacturing ecosystem?

Robert Bosch: The search for automated post-processing solutions is ongoing and vital to comprehensive metal AM absorption across the industry, which is why Rivelin Robotics exists. With NetShape Robots, we present our first breakthrough to achieve this goal. Formnext is the leading global platform that enables us to launch in the industry, so to be awarded this award by our peers is a great honor and endorsement of our vision.

Rivelin Robots' NetShape Robots Next Model Launch 2022. Image via Rivelin Robotics
Rivelin Robots’ NetShape Robots Next Model Launch 2022. Image via Rivelin Robotics

3D Printing Industry: What are your expectations and hopes from participating in Formnext 2022?

Robert Bosch: Rivelin Show (Hall 12, Stand B41) with our partners Texture Jet (electrochemical jet machines) and Surfineers (surface engineering consultancy). If you pop up, you’ll meet one of the NetShape Robots, NS-0, which will show you some parts from Oerlikon AM. Our CTO David Alatorre will be presenting at the TCT Induction Theater on Tuesdays at 15:20 and our founder Robert Bosch will be presenting the Rivelin product line at the Ptnext event on Tuesdays (AM4U Theater in Hall 11.0 D72).

3D Printing Industry: What advice would you give to someone who is considering starting a startup in the 3D printing industry?

Robert Bosch: I would encourage the founders to focus intensely on solving the challenge facing their clients. Don’t expect your customer to tell you how to solve it; This is your job, but constantly ask for their feedback and be agile enough to respond to it. Find a somewhat “boring” problem, as you tend not to solve it.

3D printing industry: How would you describe the roadmap for your organization over the coming years?

Robert Bosch: The future of Rivelin is independent post processing of AM metal production parts, parts and repair parts so local manufacturers everywhere can reshape the way we make things and bring sustainable manufacturing into our lives.

Learn more about Rivelin Robotics over here.

Meet the winners in Frankfurt this week at Formnext. Hall 11.0, D72. You can also find Rivelin Robotics in Hall 12 in booth B41.

2022 Formnext Start-up Challenge Jury

Christian Arntz, CEO, Fraunhofer Center for Networked Adaptive ProductionICNAP

Stephanie Brickweed, Head of 3D Printing Deutsche Bahn, Managing Director, Mobility goes additive

Arno Held, Managing Partner, AM Ventures

Peter Meyer, Professor of Materials Engineering for Additive Manufacturing, Munich Technical University

Alexander Oster, Additives Manufacturing Manager, autodesk

Michael Beach, Editor-in-Chief, 3D printing industry

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Featured image shows Rivelin Robots’ NetShape robots launching next model in 2022. Image via Rivelin Robotics.


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