ABB enables 3D Printing via RobotStudio for faster digital manufacturing

ABB | January 24, 2020

ABB enables 3D Printing via RobotStudio for faster digital manufacturing
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. 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.

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The world of additive manufacturing is at a crucial point. There have been breakthroughs in printing larger parts. More metals are being developed for use in 3D printers. An additive is becoming part of the game plan of many different manufacturers. At the same time, there have been new challenges as 3D printing becomes more industrialized. Manufacturers are studying where 3D printing fits in with their factories. That includes how 3D printing should be integrated with traditional subtractive manufacturing, where parts are cut and ground.

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The world of additive manufacturing is at a crucial point. There have been breakthroughs in printing larger parts. More metals are being developed for use in 3D printers. An additive is becoming part of the game plan of many different manufacturers. At the same time, there have been new challenges as 3D printing becomes more industrialized. Manufacturers are studying where 3D printing fits in with their factories. That includes how 3D printing should be integrated with traditional subtractive manufacturing, where parts are cut and ground.