Aidro, a hydraulic systems specialist, presents metal 3D printing as a new technology for hydraulic solutions.
Based in northern Italy, this family-owned company has over 35 years of experience in the design, production and commercialization of ATEX valves, Cetop valves, cartridge valves and customized hydraulic manifolds.
Alongside the traditional production, Aidro has introduced metal 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) to create a new generation of innovative hydraulic systems.
Taking advantage of Additive Manufacturing advantages, Aidro designs and 3D prints hydraulic components with a high level of customization, complex geometries, weight and space reduction and improved performance. Moreover, the most important benefits is the rapid prototyping.
AIDRO makes its expertise in 3D printing and hydraulics available to customers through a dedicated Additive Manufacturing Solutions Center. A specialized team can support clients to evaluate and develop 3D printing hydraulic solutions and with dedicated machines for 3D metal printing, CNC machining and measuring, the 3D printed product is ready in just a few days.
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Ing. Alberto Tacconelli
Managing Director, Aidro Hydraulics
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On Wednesday March 14, Erik de Bruijn, Co-founder of Ultimaker, announced Aidro Hydraulics winner of the Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge,
in the professional category.
The Italian team from Aidro Hydraulics, have used AM to reduce a part’s production time and size, as well as optimising the flow performance of a hydraulic manifold designed for Additive Manufacturing.The Aidro Hydraulics Team was headed by Alberto Tacconelli, and Aidro CEO Valeria Tirelli presented their compact redesign of a hydraulic manifold in front of the 5-member jury, composed of representatives of CECIMO, Altair, Ultimaker, Additive Industries and Autodesk.
Aidro redesign consolidated two parts, is smaller than its predecessor, and has an optimized flow because of improved, curved channels. The problem of leakage, caused by auxiliary plug failure, is eliminated and the weight is reduced by an impressive 70%. Aidro Hydraulics won the jury over with the massive applicability and commercial viability of their design.
Daan Kersten, CEO of Additive Industries, stated, “This year’s redesigns demonstrate again how product designs can be improved when the freedom of 3D printing is applied. It’s not only about topology optimisation anymore, but about eliminating manufacturing difficulties, minimising assembly and lowering logistical costs. These redesigns are really demonstrating a broad range of applications.”