Meltio, Linares, Spain, has launched the Meltio Robot Cell, a turnkey metal Additive Manufacturing solution reported to bolster the performance of industrial robotic arms in a safe, reliable way by controlling the entire process. This hardware is said to enable standard wire-based Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing starting from a build plate in a factory, as well as enabling part repair or feature addition.
The Meltio Robot Cell is a plug-and-play, open-hardware platform which allows users to integrate a Meltio metal printhead onto any robotic arm in an effort to provide a faster, more standardised manufacturing process. The volume and work area defined in the hardware’s workspace is said to meet all manufacturing needs using Meltio’s industrial-level AM technology, enabling it to take full advantage of both the hardware and the process autonomously. The robot and positioner are installed on a self-supporting platform, laser-safe enclosure together with Meltio Engine, Meltio Space and accessories.
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The hardware uses a single electrical power supply and a single inert gas supply. The environmental conditions are standard; this cell cannot be outdoors or unprotected from the sun and dust, it must be in a controlled environment. ****
Meltio Robot Cell is certified and tested to operate with an ABB robotic arm as standard configuration and is aimed at all industries and is an evolution of the Meltio Engine Robot Integration as a base production model.
“Meltio’s main commitment with the launch of Meltio Robot Cell is to offer all types of industries the ability to manage the entire manufacturing process using our metal 3D printing technology consisting of a Meltio head integrated in a robotic arm and in a safe environment, in order to just produce parts,” stated Alejandro Nieto, Product Manager, Meltio. “This new hardware system allows the customer to receive a ready to use cell for robotic metal 3D printing, removing the integration process and long assembly lead times. The Meltio Robot Cell has a specific area for every supply the cell requires on a daily basis, only connecting to the inert gas and electric supply is enough to start manufacturing.”