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How we got into 3D printer lubrication

How we got into 3D printer lubrication

In the past few weeks we have launched our range of lubricants developed specifically for 3D printers on, but we are a robot company so what happened?! Like many companies we run a few 3D printers to make parts, especially for prototyping. When it came to keeping them in good condition we found that the manufacturers didn't mention very much about maintenance, in fact one or two were pretty vague about assembly and operation!  Knowing a bit about servicing industrial and desktop robots we realised that our 3d printers needed oil and grease to keep them running smoothly but a...

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Refurbished robots - an established alternative

Refurbished robots - an established alternative

Industrial robots are rugged machines. In a car factory they will be expected to work for many years, with minimal maintenance, keeping to a high level of accuracy. The engineering involved to do this can be very expensive, but given the high levels of change in the automotive industry ex car factory robots can be bought for a fraction of their original cost...... 

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Additive Manufacturing; why new techniques are revolutionising industries.

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Additive Manufacturing; why new techniques are revolutionising industries.

Additive manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing are having a big impact in many areas as they are incredibly useful. An analogy is building a house, you could carve one from a solid lump of rock, or you could make one from bricks stuck together with mortar. 3D printing is built up in layers, much like courses of brick, allowing flexible design with minimal use of material. Plastic is the most common material used in 3D printing. Small plastic 3D printers are available from a few hundred pounds. Other materials such as metal, composites and even concrete can also be...

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Accuracy vs repeatability; why the difference matters.

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When robots are programmed point to point, it does not matter where the robot thinks it is. The encoders give rotational positions for each axis that are very accurate and allow the robot to return to the position precisely. This ability is called repeatability and usually quoted by robot manufacturers. It is also usually very good- under 0.1mm. However accuracy is different. If you specify the robot to move from a point, to a position not previously specified, (say 500mm in one direction) the precision with which it does this is the accuracy. This is not often quoted by robot...

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CAD CAM integrated robotics, what it means for your production.

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CAD CAM integrated robotics, what it means for your production.

CAD, Computer Aided Design, has been around for as long as robotics, nearly 50 years in development and 30 years in common use. CAD allows analysis, flexibility and fast changes. CAM is Computer Aided Manufacturing, this utilises software to aid manufacturing. Commonly used together: CAD CAM. Industrial robots have a traditionally been programmed manually, that is from point to point by a specialist programmer, movements and functions recorded and played back. Although reliable this is an inflexible method, changes can be made but this can be a complex task. There are a few reasons why this methodology is used, it...

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