3D-printed-part automation cell

3D-printed-part automation cell

April 18, 2017

Methods Machine Tools Inc.


Sudbury, Massachusetts – Methods Machine Tools Inc.’s automation cell solution is designed to increase 3D manufacturing throughput. It combines additive manufacturing with robotics and subtractive processes, providing fast, highly efficient finished 3D part production.

The 20ft Methods cell includes a 3D-printed product in-feeding station which shuttles 3D parts on build plates into a Fanuc C600 EDM machine that makes a cut between the parts and build plates. In the next station, a Fanuc robot snaps the plates from the printed parts and transfers the parts to a Fanuc RoboDrill for a final machining operation.

“This automated lights-out manufacturing cell was designed to drastically reduce the total time to complete parts from 3D printing to final post-processing,” says John Lucier, national automation manager at Methods Machine Tools. “It can easily quadruple total part throughput while eliminating manual labor.”

Methods 3D partner is 3D Systems Corp.