Automation, Controls and Technology News — 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

Felixprinters: Accelerating Industrial Product Development With FFF 3D Printing

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

Felixprinters: Accelerating Industrial Product Development With FFF 3D Printing

This week 3D Printing Industry was invited to Veldhoven, the Netherlands, to visit FELIXprinters, an FDM/FFF 3D printer manufacturer who recently ventured into large-format additive manufacturing with the Pro L and XL.

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Survey Reveals Industrial 3D Printing Poised to Shift From Prototyping to Full Scale Production Runs

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

Survey Reveals Industrial 3D Printing Poised to Shift From Prototyping to Full Scale Production Runs

As well reducing manufacturing costs, the transformational impact on manufacturing from industrial scale 3D printing is expected to be far reaching.

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Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printer Runs Eight Times Faster Than Others

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printer Runs Eight Times Faster Than Others

Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing (SEAM) technology from the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is a high-speed system that is said to take only 18 min. to produce a plastic component that is 30-cm high. The extruder is installed above a construction platform that can be swiveled in six axes by using a motion system akin to that of a machine tool. Plastic is deposited in layers on the construction platform. The motion system ensures that the construction panel slides along under the nozzle in such a way that the previously programmed component shape is produced. The...

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Multiple 3D methods ease industrial automation applications

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

Multiple 3D methods ease industrial automation applications

Many 3D vision techniques are used for robot guidance and industrial inspection applications. More often than not, it is necessary to empower robots with the ability to become autonomous, identify, pick and place parts and collaboratively work with human operators. To accomplish this requires that such systems employ a number of machine vision techniques including photogrammetry, stereo vision, structured light, Time of Flight (TOF) and laser triangulation techniques to perform the task of localizing and measuring objects. Figure 1: 6 River Systems’ collaborative automation warehouse robot, known as Chuck, uses TiM LiDAR sensors from SICK to build a map of the environment...

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