ModuleWorks GmbH, Aachen, Germany, supplier of CAD/CAM software components, and Robotized RM Systems GmbH, Schwabach, Germany, supplier of bespoke CNC and robotic manufacturing solutions, are working together to offer customised, automated solutions that accelerate robot-assisted Additive Manufacturing, including CMT (Cold Metal Transfer).
Robotized and ModuleWorks both currently supply customers with bespoke solutions for AM. The two companies are now extending and intensifying their cooperation to help manufacturers digitise their existing workflows and transfer to efficient, robot-driven production for CMT and other AM processes.
“There is a lot of potential for automating and accelerating Additive Manufacturing, especially CMT manufacturing,” stated Lothar Glasmacher, Head of Additive & Process Technologies, ModuleWorks. “Robotized are recognised experts for robot-assisted welding and buildup welding applications, and together we want to digitalise existing processes and use intelligent toolpath planning to deliver efficient, automated solutions that enable manufacturers to remain competitive and productive.”
The cooperation combines Robotized process optimisation for robotic and machine kinematics with the latest ModuleWorks toolpath algorithms for AM. These algorithms generate high-performance, collision-free toolpaths with minimal operator intervention for highly-automated and efficient workflows that speed up the manufacturing process. As part of the collaboration, ModuleWorks is developing new algorithms for fast CMT manufacturing, enabling the partners to offer robot-assisted CMT solutions alongside Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM), laser cladding and material extrusion.
“We have been working successfully with ModuleWorks on CAM customer projects for many years,” added Norbert Krach, Managing Director of Robotized. “The ModuleWorks components enable us to implement powerful, individualised customer solutions in a very short time. We’re excited about the extended partnership and look forward to offering our customers the latest automation technology.”