ABS Carbon, the solution to a manufacturing cost problem

Material: ABS-Carbon

Application Background

A robot picks a carboard or plastic core from conveyor, holds the core in place on a notching device, and drops it into a tub. A new size of cardboard core requires a new size gripper.

Goal

3D Print a functional end effector to save on manufacturing costs.

Material Considerations

The Carbon Fiber additive helps to maintain rigidity – in this application it is important the tooling not flex so that the precision of the robotic positioning is maintained.

Results

Quoted D2 Tool Steel Price: $600 per piece

Cost of 3D Printed Part: $3.60 per piece

The company was able to save approx. $1193 by 3D printing the existing design. The tool functions the same as the steel counterpart and can quickly be replaced or altered when necessary.

 

A robot picks

A robot picks