Chemicals, Materials & Food


Advancements in 3D Printing, Material Handling, and Collaborative Robots

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Published: 9 Jun 2017

This issue of Advanced Manufacturing TOE profiles developments in metal 3D printing, collaborative robotics, material handling, and 3D printing automation. Innovations covered include intelligent end effectors for collaborative robots, achieving high-quality finishing in metal additive manufacturing, wide-area laser beam technique for rapid powder bed fusion 3D printing, an intelligent unmanned material handling system, and automated 3D printing using stereolithography. The Advanced Manufacturing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations and developments related to manufacturing and industrial automation on a weekly basis. Innovations are focused toward improving product traceability, energy efficiency and reducing environmental footprints, integrating product design and manufacturing aspects for reducing time-to-market. Research focus areas include rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing), lightweighting (multimaterial joining, plastics and metals manufacturing, carbon fiber-based composite manufacturing), smart robotics (agile robots, consumer robots, swarm robotics, cobots), monitoring and control (wireless control networks, human machine interface), and simulation and modeling (design and simulation software). The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries. Keywords: Metal 3D printing, selective laser melting, stereolithography, collaborative robots, end effector, material handling

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