Large-scale printing is made possible by robotic arms because of their longer reach, numerous axes and greater freedom. 3D printing manufacturers have modified them for both polymer and metal AM solutions. In the list below, we look at what is currently available for both original and modified solutions. Undoubtedly, one of the world leaders in automation is the German firm KUKA. It develops solutions that can be modified for additive manufacturing. One of these is the reach from 2,671 to 3,904 mm and the load capacity from 120 to 300 kg of the KR QUANTEC range of robot arms. The…


According to ABB, PowerPac is particularly suitable for low-volume, high-mix printing, as it supports a variety of operations, such as welding and printing with granules or concrete. ABB’s RobotStudio offline programming and simulation software now incorporates the 3D printing capabilities of its PowerPac software. The software can convert any standard cutting software design into robot code and into the simulation environment used by ABB. This means it takes operators about 30 minutes to go from the CAD design phase to the final modelling of a product. Traditional printing operations gain much more from the addition of a free-form robotic arm…


Netherlands-based Aectual manufactures both indoor and outdoor furniture and architectural components. Using a Siemens PLC, a customised industrial extruder, an ABB robotic arm and an IRC5 controller, the company has actually created its own XL 3D printing system. Concrete, bioplastics, terrazzo and reclaimed waste plastics are just some of the materials Aectual can print on. With a printing area of 500 square feet at its Amsterdam headquarters, it offers high-volume printing. It creates fully customised and environmentally friendly flooring using 3D printing technology. The structures of the custom designs are made from recycled bioplastic and then recycled granite or marble…


A robotic arm can be used to construct pavilions and buildings thanks to technology. The sea urchin pavilion at the University of Stuttgart, Studio RAP’s SkilledIn office pavilion and Gramazio Kohler’s wooden pavilion are just a few examples. Fifty years ago, no one could have imagined that a robotic arm could be used in construction. Now, however, it is possible thanks to the new digital age and new technologies. SkilledIn Office Pavilion is located inside Rotterdam’s Innovation Quay. The small building is the “first robotically manufactured building in the Netherlands”. It was built using a robotic arm and offers training…


Michelangelo’s David and many other masterpieces were made from marble quarried in Carrara, Italy. Sculptures have been carved from marble for thousands of years, but now robots are automating the process. Nowadays, many artists avoid working with Carrara marble. Artists have to be careful about inhaling the dust, which can cause a health problem. Now, artists return to creating marble statues, but send their designs to Robotor and let the company’s robots sculpt them. As well as avoiding the need for artists to be present during the chiselling process, this also speeds up the completion of their works; according to…


Robot sales in North America reached a record high in the first quarter of 2022. Sales increased 28% from Q1 2021, when North American companies purchased 9,098 units. 62% of North American companies indicated that they will invest in robotics in the next three years. To manage supply chain issues and meet customer needs, 43% of the companies surveyed stated that they plan to increase their investments in robots and automation. Robotics and automation will play an important role in solving supply chain challenges, according to 73% of US organisations. The majority of US companies (70%) planned to change some…


In an attempt to evoke the forests of La Vallée de Joux, Errazuriz made a huge wooden sculpture in the shape of a tree in 2017. It was made using both conventional and avant-garde techniques. Changing seasonally, the tree presiding over the area gave each Art Basel exhibition throughout the year a distinctive atmosphere and personality. Sebastián Errazuriz is a born artist. Chilean by birth and English by training, his inventiveness, discipline and prodigious talent have made him one of Latin America’s best-known artists. He is noted for his work on large-scale public art, motorbikes, political works and even women’s…


Thanks to robotic milling, manufacturers now have flexibility in a market that has historically been dominated by heavy capital equipment. Modern production has new alternatives thanks to this technology. The possibilities of robotic milling allow the creation of sophisticated moulds for the plastics sector, as well as impressive works of art, opening up new avenues for producers. Although milling has been practised for many years, the use of industrial robots to perform this work is a more recent development. The widespread use of 3D cutting software has drastically reduced the input requirements for robots. For the milling process, CAD/CAM software…


Construction is one of the busiest and most difficult industries for automated systems, which is why recent developments have been slow. Most of the manual methods used in the construction sector until a few years ago put the safety and well-being of workers at risk. According to recent statistics, there is a great need to fill vacant positions in construction. These two key factors made it possible for robotics to enter the construction industry with the intention of replacing or improving current procedures. One example of robotics’ foray into architecture is the beautiful brick structure that was built for Keller…


ABB exhibited a 3D printing system at Automate 2022 that used its IRB 4400 robotic arm and a Massive Dimension MDPE10 particle extruder. ABB’s RobotStudio 3D Printing PowerPac is used to programme the machine. As it has expanded from prototypes to real production uses, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), has gained popularity in the industry. An increasing number of components that cannot be built using conventional manufacturing processes are being manufactured using additive manufacturing (AM). For example, several manufacturers are now rapidly 3D printing spare and replacement components for on-site equipment using AM. Producing novel, lightweight components…