HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 2/2
William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Robots added to 3D printing systems
William K.   3/13/2013 9:30:07 AM
NO RATINGS
The addition of robots to a 3D printing system is a logical progression, but the economics depend on how many objects are to be produced, or on how much labor is to be saved per object. While robots are indeed wonderful pieces of automation, thier primary benefit comes from repeating the same task many times. Producing a correct robot program is not a trivial task, it requires time, effort, and expertise. So it is much more likely that the robots would be a great help im mass production of things rather than single units. 

There is probably no reason why appropriately sized standard industrial robots would not be able to work with the 3D printer to do everything described in the article. I know that MOTOMAN has been producing a suitable robot for at least ten years. I am sure that other robot makers have also been producing them as well. And linking the robot to the printer should be no harder than linking a robot used to load and unload a forging press.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Evolution
Elizabeth M   3/13/2013 5:50:02 AM
NO RATINGS
Indeed, Chuck, but iRobot seems to have gotten there first, at least in announcing heir plans. It fits into their successful consumer robotics strategy, too, as 3D printers are not merely a business product and as they become less expensive, they will find their way into more homes (perhaps beside a Roomba :)).

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Evolution
Charles Murray   3/12/2013 8:12:04 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree, Liz. It's the next obvious evolutionary step for 3D printing. And it's not surprising  that it comes from iRobot. I'll bet there are a lot of robotics designers who are hitting themselves in the head for not thinking of this first.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Evolution
Elizabeth M   3/12/2013 4:21:05 PM
NO RATINGS
Interesting, Ann, but that makes great sense as well--combining 3D printing with assembly (though I was imagining more of a standard automation-type assembly system than the underwater one described in your story). Quite amazing to think of the possibilities of all of this--a completely automated 3D printing and assembly process. Seems not so far off! But what happens to the human workers?

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Evolution
Ann R. Thryft   3/12/2013 1:41:57 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree with Elizabeth--this is a logical next step. But so is another way of achieving a similar automated end: combining 3D printing with self-assembly: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=26011

It will be interesting to see if either of these approaches actually materializes and, if so, which one happens first.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Evolution
Elizabeth M   3/12/2013 9:01:35 AM
NO RATINGS
Well this of course is the likely evolution of 3D printing, as it seems like robotics and automation are becoming a part of so many human-driven processes these days. So the tables will turn, in a sense; 3D printing has been used to fabricate a robot and soon a robot will do your 3D printing for you. :) http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=258309

<<  <  Page 2/2


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
The Internet happened.” Those three words spoken yesterday by Marc Ostertag, North America president of B&R Automation at Pacific Design & Manufacturing, now taking place in Anaheim through Feb. 11, continues to bring ever-lasting changes to our ways of life and will undoubtedly transform manufacturing.
A panel session on the advanced manufacturing workforce at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week revealed a major skills gap.
Renesas Electronics America Inc. rolled out what is believed to be the first industrial servo drive on a chip at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim.
The winners of the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Learning to play guitar can be a long road. But a group of engineering students is going to show you how to make one that plays itself.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
1/28/2016 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/8/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/18/2016 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
2/24/2016 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 11 - 15, Designing ARM Devices Using Segger Tools
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service