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A robotic additive manufacturing platform for 3D printing composite parts

News International-French

19 Nov 2015

Arevo Labs introduces a robotic additive manufacturing platform which enables 3D printing of complex composite parts for applications in defense, aerospace and other demanding industries.

Arevo Labs, a specialist in composite additive manufacturing technology, has introduced a scalable Robot-based Additive Manufacturing Platform (RAMP) for fabricating 3D printed composite parts.

This solution consists of a standard commercially available robot, composite deposition end-effector hardware and a comprehensive software suite. Arevo’s solution 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.

Arevo’s software suite 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

Arevo Labs’ RAM Platform interfaces with ABB’s RobotStudio programming and simulation software to ease tool path generation from CAD files.

The platform’s multi-axis toolpaths enable production quality parts constructed with true 3D surfaces in variable orientations. The resulting parts have strength and aesthetics superior to those made with conventional Cartesian based additive manufacturing equipment and software.

In addition to expanded design possibilities, the Arevo Labs’ Robotic Additive Manufacturing Platform maximizes size scalability and production efficiency. Key enabling technologies include 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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