July 2019 Issue Explores Robots and 3D Printing
The latest issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine explores the interplay between robots and 3D printing, from part handling to robot as 3D printer.
3D printing and automation share some of the same promise – reduced labor, unattended operation, more efficient workflows. But what happens when 3D printing and robots intersect?
The latest issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine explores this interplay. Our cover story details how Evco, an injection molder, was able to integrate a cell of six printers with a cobot to run 24/7. As a result, the company can now take on different types of plastic part production that wouldn’t have been possible before.
But part unloading isn’t the only way that robots enter into AM. Other stories in this issue include:
- Addere’s robot-based metal 3D printing system uses standard weld wire to build large parts, with a deposition rate that can reach 50 lbs/hr.
- Research into robot “swarms” could enable a new, ultra-efficient era of 3D printing and automated manufacturing.
- Formalloy is exploring multimaterial metal 3D printing and new ways of thinking about design with powder-based deposition technology, now compatible with robotics.
- Custom 3D-printed grippers made in-house are allowing Bilstein of America to get the most out of its cobots.
Also in this issue: The use of CT scanning to inspect open areas in 3D printed parts, results from a case study on 3D printed autoclave tooling, and your guide to the 2019 Additive Manufacturing Conference + Expo coming up in August.
Robot swarms may sound alarming, but research at the University of Arkansas reveals that they may enable a new, ultra-efficient era of automated manufacturing and 3D printing.
Branch Technology’s robot-based Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab) 3D printing technology builds open matrices in high-performance polymers. These structures could be the framework for better, more sustainable building practices.
Arevo’s True3D printing process, which deposits carbon fiber towpreg using a robotic arm, enabled the creation of a bike frame design that would not have been possible otherwise.