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Building the Future of Manufacturing with 3D Printing

Building the Future of Manufacturing with 3D Printing

Written by David

February 12, 2019

To innovate and build robotic arms and grippers quickly, Kuka reaches for a new “smart factory” technology , MakerBot 3D printers. At the Kuka Development and Technology Center in Augsburg, the company’s Germany-based global headquarter, two teams work extensively with 3D printers; the Prototyping Team that develops new robots, and the Applications Engineering Team that develops new custom applications. Both use 3D printers early and often in their design process, so much so that their MakerBot Z18 is operated for over 7,000 hours in a single year. The newest robot in Kuka’s lineup, the KR 3 Agilus , a smaller scale robot ideal for small automation cells, saw one of the company’s fastest development cycles yet partly thanks to KUKAs extensive use of 3D printing . Using 3D printers to build new KR 3 Agilus Building a six-axis robot capable of performing in a wide variety of applications takes […]


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