Arevo’s Robot-Based AM Platform Prints in Variable Orientations

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The scalable platform combines robotics, hardware and software to build composite parts.

Arevo Labs has introduced a scalable Robot-based Additive Manufacturing (RAM) platform for fabricating 3D-printed composite parts. The platform consists of a commercially available robotic arm, composite deposition end-effector hardware and a comprehensive software suite. It is tailored specifically to ABB’s IRB 120 six-axis robot, but the scalable software can also support larger ABB robot models and sizes, Arevo says. Depending upon the size of the robot, the part build envelope is scalable from 1,000 mm3 to 8 m3.

The additive end-effector hardware consists of a deposition head with thermal management technology for processing high-performance carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastics.

The software suite features CAM software to convert CAD models to a set of additive deposition instructions for the robot. The software offers six degrees of freedom, and multi-axis tool paths enable the construction of parts with 3D surfaces in variable orientations. A precise kinematics simulator interprets deposition instructions to validate and optimize part construction. The RAM platform also interfaces with ABB’s Robot Studio programming and simulation software to ease toolpath generation from CAD files.

Watch the video above to see how the system works. ​