The companies KUKA and Mark3D from Germany have launched a collaboration to bring together the potential of robotics and 3D printing. The focus is on industrial applications for greater efficiency in manufacturing.
According to the partners, the main aim is to automate processes such as the loading and unloading of 3D printers or the production of grippers by robots. The printing of replacement and individual parts for robots is also being investigated.
According to Mark3D, the combined use of robotics and 3D printing can save time and costs in production. In this regard, the robust components from Markforged’s carbon fiber printers are ideal for building durable gripper arms, as initial tests have shown.
KUKA and Mark3D plan to present demonstrations of the joint solutions at the All About Automation trade fair in September. The partners see great potential for making industrial manufacturing more flexible and efficient by merging mechanical automation and additive manufacturing.
Both users and machine builders are expected to benefit from the cooperation’s broad spectrum of applications, ranging from fully automated 3D printing to individualized robotic components.