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Stratasys says 3D printed robotic arms are the future of F&B processing – ConfectioneryNews.com

by • August 9, 2016 • No Comments

Speaking at the Food & Beverage Innovation Forum (FBIF2016) in Shanghai, China, not long ago, Sheldon Shi, pre sales and application engineer, Stratasys, talked of the benefits of FDM (Futilized Deposition Modeling) innovation that uses 12 various thermoplastics and can turn it into parts on a layer-by-layer basis.
End of arm tool (EOAT)
It is utilized to create harsh geometries and functional parts, that include prototypes, low-volume production pieces and making aids.
According to Shi, a robot’s end of arm tool (EOAT), is selected based on the operation it can perform, such as gripping or welding. There are standard, off-the-shelf EOATs inside the industry but for the reason of the low-volume nature of custom EOATs, these are created of metal.
“FDM is an additive making (3D printing) process that creates plastic parts layer by layer via data of 3D computer-aided create (CAD) files. With FDM, EOATs can be customized to a specific application,” he introduced.
He said FDM is an alternative method for making EOATs that can save time and costs major to most performance advantages for robots.
“FDM EOATs are lighter than those created with metal, so the robots can move faster or carry larger payloads. Weight reduction in addition improves motor efficiency and reduces component wear,” said Shi.

“Weight reductions of 90% are possible with two advantages of plastic; they don’t scratch the products they grip, and they dampen impact forces.”
Stratasys J750 3D printing device
He said an FDM EOAT can in addition have components like magnets and sensors embedded during the FDM create process.
“Over time the production process can be quite sophisticated. Our strategy is to manufacture certain this innovation can permeate into all vertical industries. Protypes utilized to take several days but now it just takes hours and reduces the cost of the application in such a short time,” he introduced.
Extoling the virtues of Stratasys J750 3D printing device, Shi said the innovation is a full-color, multi-material 3D printing device that is a game changer for the industry for the reason it can print prototypes, concept models and tooling on one process, that has additional than 360,000 color shades, and multiple material ranging of rigid to flexible, opaque and transparent.
Shi said the protptypes of the J750 are so realistic, it created a few 3D lollipops to take to an event but decided against it for the reason it may be dangerous to hand out realistic looking products to guests in case they tried to eat them.
The following FBIF event can take place in Shanghai of April 19-21, 2017.

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