Robotics and 3D Printing

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As 3D technology adoption continues to increase there will be an even greater acceleration in robot building with 3D printers because it reduces the costs of prototypes, and in many cases, final parts.

Leading manufacturers of industrial automation solutions use 3D printing extensively to create its robots and end effectors, the part of a robot that grips, grabs, welds, or wields.

 3D printing can enable building a robot very fast. No need to fear for extra costs and delays, or to validate a part for 3 days before producing it. Just print it. If it doesn’t meet your needs, modify it and print it again. And so on. This way, one can build a nice and functional robot in no time.

The combination of the industrial robots and 3D printing can be achieved in two ways. The first way is to equip a robotic arm with a material deposition head. Another way is to bring 3D printing and robotics together by creating an integrated solution where industrial robots assist 3D printing at various production stages. Post-processing of 3D printed parts can also be automated with the help of robotics through automated washing, curing and final finishing of additively manufactured parts, enabled by robotic arms.