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ESPRIT CAM, Alma CAM Partner for Robot Additive DED Programming

Collaboration to provide customers with an end-to-end solution for robot programming, simulation, verification, collision detection, code generation and more.

Tooling

Why Robots and Additive Manufacturing Go Together

3D printing and robots enable one another. We miss the possibilities of one if we do not consider the other. The combination includes AM for end effectors, robots for 3D printing parts, and different modes of metal and plastic production.

Tooling

Thyssenkrupp's Low-Risk Venture into 3D Printing Began with the End Effector

Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America's investment in additive manufacturing technology has been relatively low-risk and low-cost. And yet, layer by layer, the wins are adding up. 

Production

Robot Is Production Solution for Laser Metal Deposition

The move from prototyping to production might involve a move from machine tool to robot, but development work between Formalloy and the robot suppliers means the process and programming do not have to change.

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. 

Robots, Assemble! A New Path to Autonomous Mobile 3D Printing

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.

The Promise of Robotic Metal Additive Manufacturing

Addere’s robot-based laser system builds using standard weld wire. The company was spawned from a robot integrator, and that background has been valuable for both overcoming the challenges and perceiving the possibilities of using a robot for metal 3D printing.

Bastian Solutions Launches Robot Warehouse Picker with Parts Developed Via Additive Manufacturing

Bastian Solutions Shuttle System, a robotic materials handler, is made possible by parts produced using additive manufacturing.

Consortium Builds Ship Propeller Via Wire plus Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM)

The robot-driven deposition technology has been successfully applied in a propeller application for the marine industry.

Tooling

Tribologically Optimized Filament Delivers Maintenance-Free 3D-Printed Robot Grippers

A Germany-based cosmetics company saved 85 percent in the cost of its robot grippers by switching from aluminum to 3D-printed polymer.

Production

Carbon Fiber Bike Frame Made Possible with Robotic 3D Printing

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.

Lockheed Martin to Integrate Machine Learning with Metal 3D Printing

In partnership with the Office of Naval Research, Lockheed Martin is undertaking a project to develop multi-axis robots that can optimize 3D printing in process.

Large-Scale 3D Printing Supports Innovation in Construction

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.

Tooling

One-Piece Robot Gripper Actuated by Shop Air

The pneumatic gripper 3D-printed as a complete working unit has demonstrated its effectiveness for continuous operation over time. It is one illustration of the role additive is liable to play in making robotic automation easier.

Webinar Explores Cobots for Additive Manufacturing

A free May 9 webinar hosted by Universal Robots addresses the use of collaborative robots (cobots) alongside 3D printing. 

3D Printing Enables Casting in November Issue

The November 2017 issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine features a foundry augmenting its traditional operations with a robotic sand 3D printing system, among other stories.

3D Robotic Deposition Advances Conformal Cooling

A new conformal cooling technique has emerged, rooted in a multilayer robotic deposition technology that is capable of manufacturing near-net shape objects.

Foundry Says Robotic Sand Printing a “Game Changer” for Metal Casting

The Hazleton Casting Company augments its traditional foundry operations with additive manufacturing. A new sand 3D printing system is expanding options for the foundry’s customers in areas including legacy tooling, product development and design complexity.

Eight-Axis Robotic System Prints Composite Parts

This concept machine leverages robotics to 3D print in eight axes.

Production

7 Important Implications of the New Stratasys Production Demonstrators

One working machine concept expands the build size and speed for FDM. Another performs robotic 3D printing in composite material. Here is what these two concepts suggest about the advance of additive manufacturing into industrial production.

Design

SLM Achieves Weight Reduction for Robot Actuator

Selective laser melting made it possible to create a lighter, better performing actuator for a quadruped robot.

Aerospace

AM System Using TIG Welding and Robot Relies on Flexible Enclosure for Gas Protection

The WAAM system has demonstrated the ability to produce a titanium aircraft part, but titanium in particular requires protection against oxidation.

Tooling

Laser-Sintered Grippers Solve Robotic Packing Challenges

Additive manufacturing produced lighter, stronger vacuum grippers for robots on a food packaging line.

Video: Additive Manufacturing Robot for Foundry Molds

In addition to making either metal or plastic parts, one other production application of additive manufacturing is building in sand to create molds for casting without any need for a pattern.

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