Multi-axis additive manufacturing (AM) robots.
This project aims to develop technology (hardware and software) that will position and allow the additive manufacturing (AM) industrial user base to take full advantage of the lower cost and increased flexibility associated with scalable multi-axis robot systems using directed energy deposition (DED) methods.
There is no commercially available multi planar CAD to path software tool to enable the manufacturing of medium (MAAM) and big (BAAM) area additive manufacturing (AM) parts through a single robot, cluster, or system of coordinated multi-axis robots, using directed energy deposition (DED) methods with multi-meter, multiprocess, multi- material capabilities.
The objective of this project is to develop technology (hardware and software) enabling the commercialization of a next generation DED metal AM machine. This technology will position the AM industrial user base to take advantage of the lower cost and increased flexibility associated with scalable multi-axis (9 and above) robot systems.
The technology approach of this project includes:
- Build upon an existing alpha generation CAD to Path AM Robotic Software tool;
- Test and refine the CAD to Path Software Tool for a commercial first release; and
- Perform basic process testing to bundle the CAD to Path Software Tool with a multi-process, multi-meter, multi-material production ready robot based 3D printed system.
Other Project Participants
- IPG Photonics
- GKN Aerospace
- Oak Ridge National Lab
- Lincoln Electric
- University of Tennessee-Knoxville
- United Technologies Research Center
- Case Western Reserve University
- Youngstown Business Incubator
- U.S. Department of Defense
- National Science Foundation
- U.S. Department of Energy