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3D printed robots allow Seb'Automatisme to manufacture more precisely and quickly

With a 3D printer for industrial use, Seb'Automatisme designs and creates functional final parts.

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Industry

Industrial: Robotics

Material

HP 3D High Reusability2 CB PA 12

Challenge

To offer customers a new way to achieve faster production, design freedom, and functional parts in color.

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Technology

HP Multi Jet Fusion technology

HP Jet Fusion 580 Color 3D Printer

Results

With HP MJF, Seb’Automatisme can create new applications like 3D printed robot parts. 

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CHALLENGE

Limitations for 3D printed robot parts

Seb’Automatisme specializes in the manufacturing of special and modular machines, robotics integration, 3D printing, machinery tooling, and mechanical and electrical engineering.

Upon adopting 3D printing technology in 2011, Seb’Automatisme has worked with customers to accelerate design cycles and create, test, and iterate in just a few hours. But with traditional 3D printing technologies such a 3D filament printing, they experienced inaccuracies in printed parts, weak parts, and design limitations.

Seb’Automatisme wanted to improve production and create more design and function opportunities for their customers. They also sought a solution that would accelerate production and help their customers increase productivity and shorten the previous production time for a single part, which was up to 100 hours. 

They explored the capabilities of HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology, particularly the HP Jet Fusion 580 Color 3D Printer, which would enable them to add colored features to their 3D printed parts.

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“Before HP MJF technology, producing a part with this functionality and color was impossible. Only one technology can do this, referring to HP MJF.”

Sebastien Bouilloux, CEO, Seb’Automatisme

SOLUTION

3D printer for industrial use inspires innovation

Seb’Automatisme started using the HP Jet Fusion 580 Color 3D Printer for multiple projects, one of which involved 3D printing a support part using HP 3D HR CB PA 12. 

This 3D printing material resists oils and has strong mechanical properties, and thus ensures adequate flexibility to not only efficiently release machined parts but also maintain its rigid position in the spindle.

They also were able to manufacture a 3D printed robotic arm gripper for a loading and unloading machine.

Previously, this part could not be made using 3D filament technology due to a low level of accuracy and a lack of gas tightness. 3D printing helped reduced weight, allowing the robot to move faster.

In printing a new device that facilitates high-pressure air flow, Seb’Automatisme was able to add color, making it easier for the assembler to locate the part among others during assembly and bringing more visibility to the serial number. 

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RESULTS

Improved accuracy and part quality with 3D printed robot parts

With HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, Seb’Automatisme can more seamlessly manufacture parts that are stronger and lighter. Powder-based production enables the manufacturing of more complex parts more quickly, which can be replaced very easily so as not to damage the robots or the fitting.

According to Seb’Automatisme, their production times also decreased with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, and the design freedom allows designers to add logos, serial numbers, and other identifying marks to parts to bring awareness to a particular brand or make it easier to read part information.

With this new technology in place, Seb’Automatisme plans to grow and evolve their services, which will include development in the Swiss sector, bringing more talent to the team, and expanding their service areas.

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  1. All images are data courtesy of Seb’Automatisme.
  2. HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solutions using HP 3D High Reusability CB PA 12 provide up to 80% powder reusability ratio, producing functional parts batch after batch. For testing, material is aged in real printing conditions and powder is tracked by generations (worst case for reusability). Parts are then made from each generation and tested for mechanical properties and accuracy.