ABB (www.abb.com) is introducing robotics developments that include: A "bending backwards" robot arm for a new articulated robot to make work cells more compact and less costly, and allow faster tool changes; BendWizard programming to reprogram press brake robots, which can be applied to both new equipment and retrofitted to existing machines, making runs of less than 50 pieces economically viable; and its Compact Assembling System for laminated windshields that creates the glass sandwich in a controlled environment so the panes cannot be marked or scratched, as in manual assembly.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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