ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING “AM”

AND AUTONOMOUS WELDING

BY I3DROBOTICS

 

Moving into the 4th Industrial Revolution, new innovative technologies are required for AM to become a disruptive force within the global manufacturing industry enabling AM to shift from a prototyping method to mass production of parts and accessories.

Industry 4.0 is an extension of 3 and is the cyber/digital physical revolution which is now gathering momentum.  Through digital sensors measuring the physical world and being connected through the internet of things, manufacturing capability may be maintained while also being more flexible and offering vastly reduced set-up times.

 

Being part of the Industry 4.0 revolution, i3Dr offers high resolution 3D stereo vision systems capable of 3D measurements of objects as small as 10’s µm As well producing 3D representation of objects and scenes, i3Dr offers a platform for fusion of data from multiple sensors to form an awareness map.

 

i3d robotics has been working with The University of Sheffield on a new intelligent vision system for a new welding system, targeted initially at the aerospace industry. Our vision systems are able to provide real-time visual information and feedback to enable intelligent control for the automated welding system. Through using this information, the welding process may be controlled by adjusting welding parameters such as arc intensity, distance and speed to provide full automation that will move the technology towards true replication of manual welding with 24/7 operation in any environment.

 

 

IMAGING OF AN AUTOMATED WELDER

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