ABB is introducing 3D printing capabilities to its RobotStudio simulation and offline programming software, which will enable users to program ABB robots for additive manufacturing “in just 30 minutes”. (See video below.)
Part of the PowerPac portfolio of RobotStudio, the new 3D Printing feature eliminates manual programming to allow faster prototype production.
The 3D Printing PowerPac supports a variety of processes, such as welding and printing with granules or concrete and is ideal for low-volume, high-mix printing.
Traditional methods of 3D printing using machines are time consuming as programming the printing paths involves plotting millions of points and trajectories.
With ABB’s new 3D Printing PowerPac, any standard slicer software design can be “translated” into ABB’s simulation environment and robot code.
This means an operator can progress from the CAD design stage to final modeling of a product in just half an hour.
The 3D printing industry is poised for a period of strong growth, with valuation expected to reach $34.8 billion by 2024, owing in part to the development of new industrial-grade 3D printing materials, according to research.
Steven Wyatt, head of portfolio and digital at ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation, says: “With our new 3D Printing software, we are offering customers a faster and more streamlined 3D printing process.
“Coupled with the high performance of our robots, this means manufacturers can now produce high-quality 3D printed objects for a variety of industrial applications more efficiently.”