Rapid Robot Tooling

Using 3D printing technologies for robot tooling.

Expected outcomes:

  • Zero inventory
  • Availability.
  • Customization
  • Part count reduction
  • Previous developments using CNC:

3D printed Vacuum gripper structure

Just the structure.

Material ABS

Originally printed in an Makerbot Replicator X2.

Also prototypes were printed in a Stratasys UPrint and in a Reprap Prusa i3

Stress test.

We put our grippers under the hardest situation: Student labworks

Example of part printed in ABS using a Prusa i3

broken tool 3 broken tool 2 broken tool 1

Unibody 3D printed Vacuum gripper

 

Future: Self-tooling robots

Highest flexibility

 

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