Occam Technology Group has recently developed end-of-arm tooling using 3D printing capabilities for a new customer automation project. By using 3D printing technology, engineers were able to save time and expense while producing lighter-weight parts that perform better and cause less wear and tear than traditional machining. Light tools also allow the arm to move faster and more efficiently with longer durability. 3D printing can be as simple or complex as needed and is highly conformal, which maximizes the contact surface between the tool and part causing the possibility of gripping failure to decrease.

The HP Multi Jet 3D Printing Technology was used to create our device with groundbreaking speed and robust material properties. This machine utilizes fusion and detailing agents over a powdered nylon 12 building area, with infrared lamps fusing an entire layer in a single pass. This manufacturing process delivers parts within days, allows you to make design revisions as needed, receive parts just in time, and in turn deliver products to market faster. With these capabilities, the parts we designed were highly accurate and durable for direct end-use on our development.

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology allowed us to produce custom functional prototypes within days. The prototype was built layer by layer from a durable engineering grade nylon material which is tougher and more resistant to chemicals than ABS. This material is able to endure heat, chemicals, physical forces, and other functional testing. Our new product has successfully passed mandatory requirements and can be used by our client for future manufacturing.

About Occam Technology Group

Occam Technology Group is an ISO-certified multidisciplinary engineering firm that creates next generation products through software/hardware design, verification and validation, quality, prototyping, and simulation. These services assist clients and stakeholders in creating innovations for a better tomorrow.

For more information regarding Occam Technology Group, please email Roger Tipton at [email protected] or Andrew Kivela at [email protected]