3D Printing in Robotics

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TG relation: Industrial Robotics 

Areas mainly addressed: Agile Production, Robotics and AI/Big Data Value 

Main questions to be answered: 

· What new areas and new applications will be opened up by robot-based 3D printing in the future? 

· What new capabilities will robots gain from advanced additive manufacturing technologies in the future? 

WS Description: In this workshop we bring together experts from different areas of additive manufacturing and robotics to discuss recent/future developments and applications to identify existing gaps. 

The main advantage of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is the reduction of material consumption, which means a significant reduction in the weight of the manufactured parts. Likewise, due to its great agility, versatility and reduced costs in iterative processes, AM leads to a reduction in prototype development times and also allows the execution of complex geometries that are not possible with traditional methods. Advanced technologies already allow the production of functional components that find their use in robotics. 3D printing itself, also benefits from robots when they are used as part of the tool. 

Intended outcome: Novel format (e.g. interactive matchmaking session for technologies and applications), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical) 


In our workshop we address the following topics: 

(a) Robot based additive manufacturing and 

(b) 3D printed robot components. 


80 minutes in sum: 3 speakers (around 12 minutes each) and an interactive part (40 minutes). 

* Mathias Brandstötter (research): Overview of the technology and how does additive manufacturing promote technological progress within robotics 

* Stephan Henrich (innvoation): Endless-Fiber-Additive-Manufacturing with robots 

* Emil Johannson (industry): Robot-based 3D printing for manufacturing and repair on demand 


Interactive workshop (all speakers and workshop participant

For this part in our workshop, two groups will be set up and each led by two experts. Each group has one of the two guiding questions, which is discussed and answered together with the participants. 


Mathias Brandstötter (male, Austria) – ADMiRE Research Center, CUAS 

Professor of Robotics and Mechatronic Systems, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Head of ADMiRE Research Center – Additive Manufacturing, Intelligent Robotics, Sensors and Engineering 

Mathias leads several research projects on the topic of additive manufacturing in connection with robotics, as well as healthcare and sustainability. 

CEO, Stephan Henrich (male, Germany) – Robotic Design and Architecture 

Stephan is developing robotic processes automatizing the production of architectonic structures. He is specialized in design for additive manufacturing and will talk about “Endless-Fiber-Additive-Manufacturing with Robots”. He designed the 3D Cocooner from Festo, as one example. 

CEO Emil Johannson (male, Sweden) – ADAXIS 

Emil is co-founder of the French-Swedish startup ADAXIS, which is building software with the aim to revolutionize the manufacturing industry by making it effortless to use robotic arms as flexible 3D printers for plastics, composites, metals, and concrete parts. Its vision is to become the key enabler for a resilient and localized manufacturing ecosystem by combining robotics with modern process technologies. 

Further information:

* http://www.admire.center 

* https://stephanhenrich.de 

* https://adaxis.eu 


· Mathias Brandstötter, m.brandstoetter@fh-kaernten.at, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

· José Saenz, jose.saenz@iff.fraunhofer.de, Fraunhofer IFF

Event Timeslots (1)

Room 107 – Floor 1
15 March - Mechatronics and Hardware
Mathias Brandstötter