Robotics Work on 3D Parts to Increase Throughput in Automation Cell

Automation cell from Methods Machine Tools Inc. integrates 3D-printed parts with post-process machining operations

An automation cell from Methods Machine Tools Inc. is designed to decrease the time from 3D printing to final post-processing by combining additive manufacturing with robotics and subtractive processes, which provides fast, highly efficient production of finished 3D parts.

The 20-foot cell includes a 3D-printed product in-feeding station which shuttles 3D parts on build plates into a FANUC America C600 EDM that makes a cut between the parts and build plates. In the next station, a FANUC robot snaps the plates from the printed parts and transfers the parts to a FANUC RoboDrill for a final machining operation.