This report sheds light on using 3D printing technology to create custom robotics end effectors.
Robots are used to perform tasks such as sorting, transporting, palletizing, inspecting and machining. A robot’s end of arm tool (EOAT), also called an end-effector, is selected based on the operation it will perform, such as gripping or welding, and is specific to the part or tool that the robot manipulates.
Although there are standard, off-the-shelf EOATs, robot integrators and end-users often need customized solutions to engage uniquely shaped objects, optimize operations and improve productivity.
The time, cost and effort to machine custom EOATs can be prohibitive. 3D printing with FDM® technology provides an alternative method for producing EOATs that can provide dramatic time and cost savings while optimizing performance. With FDM, EOATs can be customized and tailored to a specific application while often accelerating implementation on the production floor.
This report covers:
General Process Overview
Designing for Function (CAD)
Key Process Considerations
Tools and Supplies
Review of Critical Success Factors
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