3D Printing

Sofos adopts Farsoon Flight 3D printing expertise for Robotics

Farsoon Applied sciences first launched Flight Know-how, or Fiber Gentle Know-how in 2019, providing ‘industry-leading’ manufacturing charges with plastic laser powder mattress fusion. In 2021, the Twin-Laser configuration of the Flight 403P system was introduced with even increased productiveness.

The Flight HT403P system at Sofos Robotics Co, is used for industrial initiatives resembling prototyping and collection manufacturing utilizing a spread of application-specific engineering supplies. 

Sofos Robotics initially entered the world of additive manufacturing to enhance the elements that it wanted for automation cells resembling customized brackets and mounting plates, half nests and gripper fingers.  The corporate started with FDM machines, printing elements for itself and for a small variety of purchasers.

John Huster, President of Sofos Robotics, stated: “As our enterprise grew, we obtained to the purpose the place we knew FDM wasn’t going to have the ability to produce the amount of elements we would have liked quick sufficient. We began taking a look at different applied sciences and selected the Farsoon Flight machine on account of its pace and adaptability.”

Huster famous the dimensions of the construct quantity, printing pace, and the open materials/parameter platform, as key causes for shifting over to the Farsoon system. He additionally said that the machine had a more cost effective service bundle than different techniques the corporate was taking a look at.

A case that was referred to when speaking about the advantages of the brand new machine was the manufacturing of a customized ESD protected nylon guard. To be environmentally pleasant, the corporate had to make use of an ESD protected materials. Previous to adopting AM into its manufacturing course of, Sofos would have made the guards from stainless-steel and weld the 2 halves collectively.

“The purchasers wished a brand new single piece answer to cut back the failure charge. Utilizing the Farsoon Flight machine together with an ESD protected nylon materials from BASF, we’ve got been in a position to present them with a structurally built-in answer at a decrease value and sooner turnaround,” stated Huster. “Earlier than we had the Farsoon machine it might take one among our FDM machines 12 hours to print one guard. We at the moment are in a position to print 12 guards plus a full set of accompanying brackets in the identical period of time.”

Huster stated: “It’s good to have the ability to management so many parameters resembling: working temperature, laser scan energy, scanning distance, and many others. The open platform permits us to assign completely different parameters to every half within the construct and take a look at a number of combos to seek out the proper recipe. A advantage of the machine to Sofos was the power so as to add or take out elements whereas the machines are printing.

Sofos examined quite a lot of BASF supplies, resembling PA11 ESD, TPU and PA6 Mineral stuffed supplies, and plans to make use of extra BASF supplies sooner or later. Future initiatives that the corporate are utilizing TPU with are customized suction cups and customized pendant controller guards.

“I set to work with the Sofos staff on a number of supplies together with our PA11 ESD,” stated Jeremy Vos, Enterprise Growth Supervisor of BASF Corp. “It was nice to work with an agile staff and assist them shortly deploy buyer options.”

Farsoon Applied sciences has been at IMTS 2022 in Chicago this week and is there till the tip of the present on Saturday 17 September. The corporate has been displaying the BASF Ultrasint PA11 ESD and Ultrasint PA11 Black CF elements produced by the Flight expertise.

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