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 than just increased speed and agility. A robotic 3D printer can also manage the build platform, which is where the component is placed as it is printed. This platform can be oriented in any direction as needed, reducing the need for support structures and improving material management and waste reduction.
Customers can now benefit from a faster and more efficient 3D printing process thanks to our updated 3D printing software.” According to Steven Wyatt, portfolio and digital manager at ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation, when combined with the excellent performance of our robots, producers can now make high-quality 3D printed things faster for a range of industrial applications.
The integration of 3D printing capabilities into its RobotStudio offline programming and simulation software, which will allow users to program ABB robots for additive manufacturing in as little as 30 minutes, has further strengthened the relationship between these two technologies.

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