Industrial revolutions have from time to time radically changed societies and everyday life.
Innovations in production processes and new technologies are leading us to intelligent and effective management of resources, improved services and greater well-being. Cities become smart and the Internet of things (called IoT) is becoming more and more widespread.
We are inside the fourth industrial revolution: the digital transformation allows manufacturing companies to develop new ways of innovating and producing, offering mass customization and reducing waste to a minimum; a new way of thinking about the factory, new relationships between suppliers, producers and customers, between man and machine.
The exchange of information between physical and digital systems takes place thanks to the so-called enabling technologies: internet of things, big data, 3D printing, high performance innovative materials, which are environmentally friendly and respectful of Nature.
ADMIN 4D is a project promoted by the IMPROVENET network, a Veneto cluster of public and private subjects, including manufacturing companies, suppliers of highly innovative services and subjects that carry out research activities, co-financed by the Veneto Region – ROP ERDF 2014- 2020. It is a strategic project in the field of RIRs, special networks recognized by Veneto region (keep reading for more info about them), because it involves and develops some technologies which characterize Industry 4.0, in particular the Smart Manufacturing, and enhances the production areas of sectors of excellence: 3D Printing of minerals in large dimensions, Engineering of materials and their re-use, Sensors applied in the Internet of Things, Mechanics and Mechatronics, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and CyberSecurity.
The project involves the development of an innovative production system that collects many information, technical and chemical ones and about the composition of the materials. These info comes from different operational parts of the 3D printers, from the raw materials used and from the materials that make up the finished products. The system processes them in real time through specificallly developed algorithms.
There are two scientific and industrial objectives:
1. The production of objects that, thanks to 3D printing, hide specifically designed sensors inside them. The materials used are natural and biocompatible; they are recycled materials as they come from waste from other processes; they are low-cost materials but engineered to become high performance materials. The integrated sensors monitor and optimize the performances of the object itself.