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End of Arm Tooling (EOAT)

EOAT in days not months

TriMech FDM 3D printing service is an alternative method for producing EOATs that can provide dramatic time and cost savings while optimizing performance

Fused Deposition Modeling is an additive manufacturing (3D printing) process that builds plastic parts layer by layer using data from your 3D computer-aided design (CAD) files.

With 3D printing, EOATs can be customized and tailored to a specific application while often accelerating implementation on the production floor.

 

We 3D print your End of Arm Tooling Parts

  • 3D printing allows for a faster and less expensive EOAT to replace conventionally fabricated tools.
  • End of Arm Tooling can be made with lightweight FDM plastic, which reduces the weight on robot arms.
Robot end of arms tooling

Improved fabrication of End of Arm Tools

FDM technology and materials make End of Arm Tools/EOATs that result in many performance advantages for robots.

Mechanical robot with artificial intelligence sorts products on the conveyor

Robot Performance Advantages

FDM EOATs are lighter than those made with metal, which means that robots can move faster or carry larger payloads.

Weight reduction also improves motor efficiency and reduces component wear, extending the time between preventive maintenance (PM) cycles. FDM technology easily makes hollow internal structures and the thermoplastic materials are lightweight, yet durable.

When combined, weight reductions of ninety percent or more are possible

      EOAT Example Plastic Part

      Plastic Advantages

      Plastics have two additional advantages: they won’t scratch the products they grip, and they dampen impact forces so that a tool crash is less likely to damage the robot.

      An FDM EOAT can also have components like magnets and sensors embedded during the FDM build process. Fully encased, the components are protected and won’t mar the parts that come in contact with the EOAT.

      3D Printed End of Arm Tools

      Improved fabrication

      FDM EOATs can be as simple or complex as needed, which gives designers the freedom to create tooling solely for its specific function.

      For example, EOATs can have integrated vacuum channels, assemblies consolidated to a single part, or organic shapes that conform to the object being manipulated by the robot.

      This design flexibility provides a unique opportunity to optimize robot performance and with FDM technology, design complexity doesn’t increase cost.

      Diran robot end

      Client Benefits

      Optimized solution to traditionally manufactured EOATs

      Custom design and creation of EOATs

      A robot’s end of arm tooling (EOAT) is specific to the task it will perform, such as gripping, welding, painting or sensing. Although there are standard, off-the-shelf EOATs, robot integrators often need customized solutions to engage uniquely shaped parts, optimize operations and improve productivity. TriMech’s 3D printing and design consulting team can help you to design and build custom EOATs.

      Reduced time and cost

      FDM Technology™ makes custom EOATs practical by avoiding the time and cost associated with traditional machining. EOATs can be produced quickly and affordably, from stable, durable, and lightweight thermoplastics. Custom EOATs can also be optimized with features like integrated vacuum channels, hollow interiors and organic shapes because FDM Technology eliminates the design constraints imposed by machining.

      • Average lead time savings: 70% – 85%
      • Average cost savings: 75% – 85%
      • Greater performance:
        • Lightweight/low mass
        • Optimized design
        • Impact dampening
        • Non-marring
        • Increased velocity
        • Extended preventative maintenance cycles
      • Greater design freedom:
        • Internal vacuum channels
        • Consolidated assemblies
        • Complex geometry
        • Integrated components

      Easily make changes

      FDM EOAT manufacturing is responsive, efficient and straightforward, turning EOAT design projects into simple tasks. If a design needs to change, TriMech can 3D print a new tool in as little as one day.

      New or revised designs and replacement EOATs can be delivered and mounted on the robot quickly, regardless of complexity. During robot testing and validation, a quick response avoids delays in starting up a production line. Once 3D printed EOATs are operating in production, rapid revisions can keep the line running at peak performance.

      Industries we work with

      TriMech services are used in a wide variety of industries

      Architecture 3D Printing

      Architecture & Construction

      • Model making
      • Urban planning
      • Concepts
      Consumer Product 3D printing

      High Tech & Consumer Products

      • Aesthetic and function testing
      • Concepts and prototypes
      • Sales and marketing models
      Industrial design 3D printing

      Industrial Design & Manufacturing

      • Aerospace
      • Automotive
      • Defense
      • Industrial equipment
      • Marine and offshore
      • Oil and gas
      Medical 3D printing

      Dental, Medical & Life Sciences

      • Anatomical models
      • Medical devices
      • Orthopedics
      • Prosthetics
      • Surgical planning models
      Mold tool die 3D printing

      Industrial Products, Mold Tool & Die

      • Jigs, fixtures, and assembly tooling
      • Injection molding
      • Silicone molding
      • Sand and investment casting
      • Thermoforming

      Interested in End of Arm Tooling (EOAT)?

      Call 888.392.0957 or Upload Your Part