BDI and JuggerBot found that, in this case, 3D printing with DSM materials cost 80 percent less and was 50 percent faster compared to a traditional aluminum tooling process.
Dan Fernback, co-founder/Vice President of JuggerBot 3D says, “Typically, there are two approaches to end-of-arm tooling: pre-engineered and custom. The latter is mass produced and is designed to fit several products but may not always be a good fit for manufacturers’ specific needs. Customized EOAT, on the other hand, can be designed for a specific purpose and gives manufacturers better functionality during production.”
Through additive manufacturing, it is possible to achieve fine, complex design details that other processes cannot reproduce. Since 3D printing removes the need for dedicated tooling and designs can quickly be modified, EOAT parts can be produced faster. Additive manufacturing reduces production time leading to shorter lead times, as well as significantly reduces overall cost of production.