Polymer-based additive manufacturing: process optimisation for low-cost industrial robotics manufacture

Walia, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-9191-3571, Khan, A. and Breedon, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-1006-0942, 2021. Polymer-based additive manufacturing: process optimisation for low-cost industrial robotics manufacture. Polymers, 13 (16): 2809. ISSN 2073-4360

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Abstract

The robotics design process can be complex with potentially multiple design iterations. The use of 3D printing is ideal for rapid prototyping and has conventionally been utilised in concept development and for exploring different design parameters that are ultimately used to meet an intended application or routine. During the initial stage of a robot development, exploiting 3D printing can provide design freedom, customisation and sustainability and ultimately lead to direct cost benefits. Traditionally, robot specifications are selected on the basis of being able to deliver a specific task. However, a robot that can be specified by design parameters linked to a distinctive task can be developed quickly, inexpensively, and with little overall risk utilising a 3D printing process. Numerous factors are inevitably important for the design of industrial robots using polymer-based additive manufacturing. However, with an extensive range of new polymer-based additive manufacturing techniques and materials, these could provide significant benefits for future robotics design and development.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Polymers
Creators: Walia, K., Khan, A. and Breedon, P.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 21 August 2021
Volume: 13
Number: 16
ISSN: 2073-4360
Identifiers:
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10.3390/polym13162809DOI
1471269Other
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 17 Sep 2021 15:24
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2021 15:24
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44205

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