Robotic Arm Allows 3D Printing Farm to Work Throughout Night

March 5, 2023 | Manufacturing
Athena 3D

Here’s another example of the shift of manufacturing to local, on-demand hubs for specific items. Athena 3D provides an additive manufacturing service in Tempe, Arizona, which is constantly running multiple printers simultaneously.

In order to increase the amount of orders it could ship to customers, the company decided to use a robotic arm automation system which can remove prints, replace the bed and start the next order. This helped them to pump out almost twice as many parts, allowing them to leave the shop at the end of the work day, and have this system work continuously throughout the night, so when they arrive the next day, they are greeted with orders ready to process.