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Title: Additive Manufacturing of Parts and Tooling in Robotic Systems

Abstract

ORNL worked with Transcend Robotics, LLC to explore additive manufacturing of the two-piece compression body for their ARTI mobile robot platform. Extrusion compression molding was identified as an effective means of manufacturing these parts. ORNL consulted on modifications to the housing design to accommodate the selected manufacturing process. Parts were printed using ORNL's FDM machines for testing and evaluation of the design as a precursor to molding the parts. The assembly and evaluation of the parts proved favorable and minor design changes to improve assembly and performance were identified.The goal is to develop a light weight and rugged two-part robotic enclosure for an unmanned ground vehicle UGV) that will be used in search and rescue applications. The FDM parts fabricated by ORNL allowed Transcend Robotics to assemble a prototype robot and verify that the new parts will meet the performance requirements. ORNL fabricated enclosure parts out of ABS and Nylon 12 materials such that the design could be tested prior to fabricating tooling for compression molding of Nylon 6 with carbon fiber fill. The robot was performance tested and compared with the previous manufacturing techniques and found to have superior performance.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Mantaro Networks Inc., Germantown, MD (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Advanced Manufacturing Office (EE-5A)
Contributing Org.:
Transcend Robotics, Oakland, CA (United States); Mantaro Networks Inc., Germantown, MD (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
1435306
Report Number(s):
ORNL/TM-2017/452
CRADA/NFE-16-06174
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Richardson, Brad, Love, Lonnie J., Hassen, Ahmed A., Chesser, Phillip C., and Parsons, Jeremy. Additive Manufacturing of Parts and Tooling in Robotic Systems. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1435306.
Richardson, Brad, Love, Lonnie J., Hassen, Ahmed A., Chesser, Phillip C., & Parsons, Jeremy. Additive Manufacturing of Parts and Tooling in Robotic Systems. United States. doi:10.2172/1435306.
Richardson, Brad, Love, Lonnie J., Hassen, Ahmed A., Chesser, Phillip C., and Parsons, Jeremy. Fri . "Additive Manufacturing of Parts and Tooling in Robotic Systems". United States. doi:10.2172/1435306. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1435306.
@article{osti_1435306,
title = {Additive Manufacturing of Parts and Tooling in Robotic Systems},
author = {Richardson, Brad and Love, Lonnie J. and Hassen, Ahmed A. and Chesser, Phillip C. and Parsons, Jeremy},
abstractNote = {ORNL worked with Transcend Robotics, LLC to explore additive manufacturing of the two-piece compression body for their ARTI mobile robot platform. Extrusion compression molding was identified as an effective means of manufacturing these parts. ORNL consulted on modifications to the housing design to accommodate the selected manufacturing process. Parts were printed using ORNL's FDM machines for testing and evaluation of the design as a precursor to molding the parts. The assembly and evaluation of the parts proved favorable and minor design changes to improve assembly and performance were identified.The goal is to develop a light weight and rugged two-part robotic enclosure for an unmanned ground vehicle UGV) that will be used in search and rescue applications. The FDM parts fabricated by ORNL allowed Transcend Robotics to assemble a prototype robot and verify that the new parts will meet the performance requirements. ORNL fabricated enclosure parts out of ABS and Nylon 12 materials such that the design could be tested prior to fabricating tooling for compression molding of Nylon 6 with carbon fiber fill. The robot was performance tested and compared with the previous manufacturing techniques and found to have superior performance.},
doi = {10.2172/1435306},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
}

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