IRBAM – large scale additive manufacturing with industrial robot
Robotic large-area additive manufacturing and thermoplastic composites enable the creation of complex geometries with precision. Moreover, by minimizing the use of raw materials and promoting recycling, we also reduce our environmental impact.
The Application Center for Additive Manufacturing (AM Center) utilizes cutting-edge technology and high-quality materials to produce large-scale objects quickly and efficiently, all while prioritizing sustainability and minimizing waste.
At the heart of our process is a commitment to sustainability and circularity, which means that we prioritize materials that can be recycled and repurposed for future production. Our approach to manufacturing is not only a shift towards circularity but also ensures that our products meet the highest standards regarding quality and durability.
We are proud to be at the forefront of this advanced manufacturing process, and we are dedicated to continuously improving and refining our methods to ensure that we remain leaders in the industry. If you are looking for a manufacturing partner that prioritizes sustainability, efficiency, and innovation, our team is here to help.
What is robotic FDM?
Large scale robotic FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) additive manufacturing is a process of creating large and complex objects by depositing layers of material using a robotic arm with an extrusion nozzle. This technology allows for the creation of parts up to several meters in size, enabling the production of large structures such as aerospace molds, boats, buildings, bridges, and even entire homes.
Why use robotic AM?
The advantages of using large scale robotic FDM additive manufacturing include faster production times, lower costs, and the ability to create complex shapes and structures that would be difficult or impossible to produce using traditional manufacturing methods. Additionally, this process allows for the use of a wide range of materials, including plastics, composites, metals, and even concrete.
What materials are available to be used at the AM Center?
Our IRBAM cell is currently configured to print via extrusion of most thermoplastic composites, which means basically anything that will melt in the extruder and maintain its shape after extrusion. We have in-house expertise in the creation of new and recycled thermoplastic composites and we often tailor custom composites for specific needs.
How does one think about design for robotic AM?
Before deciding if a part should be printed, the limitations and benefits of the robotic AM process need to be considered. Some considerations include material adhesion, thermal properties, overhanging angles, feature size and surface quality. Large robotic AM tends to work best when the whole part and print path is designed in parallel. Infill or support material will need to be designed, travel moves reduced or eliminated, small features removed, and a solid foundation for the part to be printed should be considered.
In situ robotic AM plus milling
We use an industrial robot which gives us certain freedoms like tool changing to a milling spindle and post processing the already printed part.
Design for robotic additive manufacturing is an active field of research. At RISE AM Center we will work with you in your understanding of the process to enable you to create your best designs and use this fantastic technology to its full potential.
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