Arevo Labs introduced its robotic 3D printer for creation of complex composite parts used in aerospace, defense, and other demanding applications.
This robotic 3D printer consists of a standard commercially available robot, composite deposition end-effector hardware and a comprehensive software suite.
Arevo’s robotic additive manufacturing platform is tailored to ABB’s smallest 6-axis robot, the IRB 120, though the scalable software can support larger ABB robot models and sizes. The additive end-effector hardware consists of a deposition head with advanced thermal management technology for processing high-performance carbon-fiber reinforced thermoplastic filaments.
This robotic 3D printer includes:
- CAM software to convert CAD models to a set of additive deposition instructions for the robot. Software is capable of six degrees of freedom, enabling true 3D additive manufacturing.
- A precise kinematics simulator that interprets deposition instructions to validate and optimize part construction.
The platform’s multi-axis toolpaths enableproduction quality parts constructed with true 3D surfaces in variable orientations.
This robotic 3D printer enables automation and secondary process integration within manufacturing work cells. Depending upon the size of the robot, the part build envelope is scalable from 1000 cubic millimeters to 8 cubic meters.
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