31 August 2020 8:10
[Image credit: Schmalz]   3D printing is one of the central technologies advancing the capabilities of industrial robotics. It enables greater design freedom, lower cost and shorter lead time in producing custom grippers and end effectors for robotic applications.   And with customisation being a new norm in robotics and automation, 3D printing provides a solution for cost-effective custom grippers, without huge investments in moulds or CNC machining.   Below, we dive into the benefits of 3D printing for grippers and how different companies are using the technology to create advanced gripper designs and achieve faster ...
15 August 2018 10:00
3D printing combined with industrial robots could be a novel yet promising approach to manufacturing.   Two main drivers are pushing its development: the need to additively create large objects more accurately and repeatedly, and also the opportunity to achieve more automated and integrated production with 3D printing. As manufacturing technologies evolve, this combination could be one of the solutions to the growing move towards greater digitisation and smart manufacturing.   Combining robotics and 3D printing?   The combination of the industrial robots and 3D printing can be achieved in two ways. The ...