While 3D prints at the touch of a button, à la Star Trek’s TNG replicator, may still be some way off, a number of enterprises exhibiting at the 2017 RAPID + TCT show are moving to save time at various stages of the 3D printing process.
Automating additive manufacturing production
Methods 3D have a booth opposite 3D Systems. During IMTS Methods 3D demonstrated how a 3D Systems Figure 4 configuration could operate using robotic arms. The robotic arms are now manipulating metal build plates and moving the metal additive parts between a Fanuc Robocut c600ib and a Fanuc Robodrill.
The robot arms seen at Formnext and IMTS are now gone from the 3D Systems booth. Instead, multiple Figure 4 quad engines are positioned around the booth. The more discrete units in fitting with the dental applications where this technology is likely to find earlier adopters. For dental applications 3D Printing Industry will be taking a closer look at the systems from EnvisionTEC and also DWS who are both at the show.