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Towards integrating 3D printing and automated assembly

Munguia-Galeano, Francisco ORCID:, Arroyo, Lesli Ortega, Villarreal-Cervantes, Miguel Gabriel and Ji, Ze ORCID: 2023. Towards integrating 3D printing and automated assembly. Presented at: 2023 IEEE 19th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), 26-30 August 2023. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering. IEEE, pp. 1-7. 10.1109/CASE56687.2023.10260529

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Recent interest in additive manufacturing (AM) technologies (also known as 3D printing) has led to embedding multi-material and electronic components into 3D-printed structures. However, current 3D printing technologies fail to provide all the required materials to fabricate complex devices. Besides, the process of inserting individual building blocks into the impression is usually carried out manually. This paper presents the design of a robot that integrates 3D printing and automated assembly. The robot utilises two modules. The first module fabricates the body of a device by using fused deposition modelling (FDM) technology. The second module grasps pre-assembled building blocks and inserts them into the device. To this end, the feasibility of this integration is validated with the fabrication of a device (non-fabricable with traditional 3D printers) that contains a development board.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 9798350320701
ISSN: 2161-8070
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 June 2023
Date of Acceptance: 2 June 2023
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 11:28

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