Automation speeds up 3D-printed part testing, materials science data collection
Today with 3D printing you can make almost anything in a matter of hours. However, making sure that part works reliably takes weeks or even months.
Until now, according to a group of scientists.
Sandia National Laboratories has designed and built a six-sided work cell, similar to a circular desk, with a commercial robot at its center that conducts high-throughput testing to quickly determine the performance and properties of the part.
They call this flexible, modular and scalable system Alinstante, Spanish for “in an instant” (see video below). Sandia is seeking industry partners to help expand or discover more uses for the new robotic testing system. [Read more…] about Sandia’s robotic work cell conducts high-throughput testing ‘in an instant’