Mechatronics Canada

MC-11-BR-3DPrinting-400.jpg

October 18, 2021

Custom super polymer parts on demand

Roboze has equipped its flagship 3D printer – the ARGO 500 – with an advanced B&R automation solution. The printer integrates additive manufacturing into the industrial production workflow with repeatable high precision and full process control. It reduces lead times and lowers the cost of creating custom metal-replacement components used under extreme conditions in industries such as aerospace, energy and motorsport.

Additive technology shows great promise for helping manufacturers meet changing market demands. Until now, however, inconsistent results and lack of industrial integration have prevented 3D printers from assuming a position alongside traditional machine tools on the plant floor. "Our collaboration with B&R has proven that, if designed from the beginning as fully connected industrial machines, 3D printers can do far more than just prototyping," says Roboze's founder and CEO, Alessio Lorusso. "Thanks to the advanced automation solution we developed with B&R, Roboze's additive technology will lead the way into the future of adaptive manufacturing."

Comprehensive control and connectivity

The ARGO 500 offers fully automated control of every step in the high-temperature printing process. Following each print cycle, it generates a comprehensive process data log to create a digital model and allow automatic certification of every part produced. Remote connectivity enables predictive diagnostics to maximize availability and productivity, while also allowing the ARGO 500 to evolve over time with easily updated features, parameters and intelligence.

Mechatronic precision

The advanced control system and Roboze's patented beltless technology increase printing speed and deliver repeatable precision six times higher than can be achieved with belt-driven printers. That precision is critical, because the ARGO 500 prints super polymers and composite materials that replace metal alloys in applications where they are subjected to high temperatures, abrasive chemicals and extreme mechanical stress. The parts must meet exacting demands on material properties and dimensional tolerances that have previously only been achieved using traditional processes like injection molding or CNC machining.

"Thanks to our shared vision for the future of manufacturing and B&R's great experience in industrial control and automation, we are proud to say the ARGO 500 represents the state of the art of industrial 3D printing technology for super polymers and composite materials," says Lorusso. "Together, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of changing the way objects are produced."

Source

Latest Articles

  • Prev
The new MX-System from Beckhoff is quite simply a revolution in control cabinet construction. In ...
Power can easily be said to be the driving force that turns the gears of industry. We all use it ...
  Since the start of SEW-EURODRIVE nearly 100 years ago, the importance of being ...
When it comes to power transmission and motion control, SEW-EURODRIVE needs no formal introduction. ...
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Não-Me-Toque in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, ...
A new case study released, highlighting the success of Mitsubishi Electric’s PLC data logging and ...
Universal Robots, which has just released its Q3 results for 2021, has reported record quarterly ...
Did you know that there are hidden savings in your machine safety devices? Manufacturers often ...
The first four companies in the inaugural Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program ...
Endress+Hauser has invested roughly 46 million euros in the expansion of its Maulburg, Germany ...

Featured Article: Decoding the Most Versatile Industrial Connector in the World


MC-6-Murr-logo-400.jpg

If you were around in 1980’s you will probably remember walkmans, vcrs, mix tapes and big hair bands on MTV, amongst other things. The decade started with the release of PacMan, the Rubiks Cube and a Hollywood actor called Ronald Reagan winning the US Presidential election. It ended with the first episode of the Simpsons, Timothy Berners-Lee inventing the World Wide Web and the Berlin Wall coming down to symbolize the end of the Cold War.

Some notable 1980’s inventions included the first artificial heart, CD players, the Apple MacIntosh computer, Microsoft Windows, the Nintendo Gameboy and the first GPS satellite to be launched into space.

But there was one more invention of the 1980s that wasn’t really noticed by the general public, but ultimately paved the way for fast, easy and reliable electrical connections that we often take for granted in control systems today. We are talking about the M12 circular connector that was launched at the Hannover Fair in 1985 and has since become one of the most popular industrial connectors in the world.

These days, you will be hard-pressed to walk into any manufacturing plant without seeing an M12 connector. They are used to connect sensors to I/O modules, vision systems to Ethernet switches, light curtains to safety controllers and much more. Originally only available in 3-pole and 4-pole versions with an A-Coded keyway for power and I/O signals, the M12 connector is still evolving and has become one of the most versatile circular connectors available.

Now, more than 35 years since it was launched, there are many different types of M12 connectors for signal, data and power connections.

Read More


 

Mechatronics Canada

Mechatronics Canada‘s editorial informs and engages a targeted audience of manufacturers, distributors, specifiers and end users delivering an editorial mix of the right content for the right audience.

Subscribe Here

Kerrwil Publications

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2021 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil