Customizing a Robot Arm Gripper Using 3D Printing
INDUSTRY SEGMENT: PARTS PROVIDERS | CNC Manufacturers
CNC-Automation Würfel is a medium-sized company located in Singen, Germany, that specializes in robot automation and offers personalized service in manufacturing, process automation, and optimization.
If a customer has a part that they would like picked, cleaned, or polished, CNCAutomation Würfel would immediately create a system layout and then build it, put it into operation, and carry out final inspections in house. Services also include putting it into operation at the customer's site and potentially carrying out continued maintenance on the robots.
3D PRINTING ADOPTIONThe company started using 3D printing technology in 2017 to see how it could be implemented in their own systems. They printed components that were previously made using a milling cutter or lathe, which meant high costs and long lead times. The new 3D printing technology allowed for faster and more agile production. They also printed prototypes to test systems operations. CNC-Automation Würfel’s printing business has grown steadily since the implementation of 3D printing. From originally receiving one to two orders a month, they now receive between 10 and 20.