Azoth’s TOMO™: Inventory made Digital
The company has developed an innovative production and inventory management process, the TOMO™ system. Short for “Take One Make One”, the system stores digital twins of a business’s physical inventory and dynamically produces a new unit each time that a part is taken out of the inventory.
Such a responsive approach enables significant reductions in terms of inventory levels all while allowing engineers to iterate their designs, generating little to no waste or obsolescence.
The TOMO™ system is a flexible process requiring a production system that is equally flexible and powerful, as Cody Cohran – Key Account Manager at Azoth – explains: “The TAKE ONE MAKE ONE process is reliant on equipment that has high output capability and excellent material flexibility with a low total cost of maintenance. The MfgPro230 xS SLS machine exemplifies this approach for us.”
The MfgPro230 xS: a powerful system designed for production
SLS 3D printing technology is suitable for demanding applications as it allows professionals to produce almost-ready-to-use parts. Highly complex geometries can be achieved without the need for any supports, and limited post-processing is required.
Furthermore, the MfgPro230 xS offers a large build volume that is cut out for the production of large parts or even batches of small parts. The printer also features a removable tray that facilitates the process of cleaning, changing, and recycling the powder, for substantial time and material savings.
- Build volume: 230 x 230 x 230 mm
- Build speed: Up to 20 mm/hour (geometry dependent)
- Printing materials: PA 12, TPU
A flexible system for extensive applications
XYZprinting’s slicer, XYZprint AMSLS, also contributes to making the printing process smooth and flexible. Unlike some other slicers, it only handles the external pattern and infill functions while all other material-specific parameters are handled directly via the printer’s interface. This makes it possible to print a model in various materials without having to re-slice the part.
Tools such as XYZprinting’s SLS solutions allow users to overcome former challenges such as inventory management problems and implement modern and efficient digital solutions.