2/9/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Delcam Adds Robot for AM Research

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A robot controlled via Delcam’s PowerMill software will be used to study the potential of Cold Metal Transfer welding for additive manufacturing.

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Delcam has added an ABB robot fitted with a Fronius Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) Advanced welding head to the range of manufacturing equipment at its Birmingham location. The new unit will be used mainly for research into the programming of robots for the additive manufacturing of metals with Delcam’s PowerMill Robot software.

CMT welding was initially developed by Fronius to join materials with different properties, in particular for welding aluminum to steel. The process uses very high frequency movement of the wire to give a clean, spatter-free material transfer. Delcam believes that the process’s stable, reproducible deposition of material gives it high potential in metal additive manufacturing.

The ABB robot arm offers six axes of movement, with an additional two axes, tilt and rotation, provide by the table holding the material. This additional flexibility allows parts to be oriented into the optimum position as they are being built so enabling complex shapes to be created with less need for extra support structures, Delcam says.

The system is controlled by PowerMill Robot, a fully associated application inside PowerMill. Users have access to all the multi-axis machining strategies within PowerMill as well as its project management options to manage, store and retrieve data.

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