Category: MarkForged

Faster Tooling & Fixtures: A Electronics Case Study of Better Parts for Less in Mimo’s manufacturing process

The Breakdown:

Sleepless


Rest Devices, a company rethinking the nursery in the age of smart devices, iterates through designs for their products and manufacturing equipment at light speed

Fabrication Nightmares


With quotes for new prototypes reaching thousands of dollars for a lead time of a month, Thomas Lipoma, CTO, picked out the Markforged Composite Printer to solve the company’s manufacturing problems

Full Recovery


Markforged’s Fiber Printing allowed Rest Devices to push their capabilities further, bringing prototype costs down by orders of magnitude, and producing working models in a matter of days

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EOAT- End of Arm Tooling for a Vacuum Manipulator from Onyx and Continuous Carbon Fiber

Onyx/Chopped-Carbon-Fiber 3D printed part used for irrigating suction from a vacuum manipulator to move work pieces.

The Breakdown:

EOAT is the best solution, but it isn’t perfect


End of Arm Tooling for vacuum manipulators are common in cardboard box assembly shops because vacuums need to securely seal to the product in order to effectively maintain grip. Sometimes, however, EOAT for vacuum manipulators can get snagged on products when product geometry gets complex.

Carbon fiber printed in the perfect geometry.


Markforged was able to print Onyx and Carbon fiber in shapes that are ideal. Heavyweight, traditionally-machined EOAT for these vacuums would get hooked on various features of the product, causing unacceptable and costly slowdowns and stops for production.

Faster, cheaper, and easier to make AND use than aluminum.


As new jobs come in for a package assembly facility, new types of vacuum-heads, end-effectors, and other EOAT must be purchased or manufactured. Both options are costly, and this must be done every new job that couldn’t use EOAT from previous contracts for their vacuum manipulators, due to random factors related to form factor, weight, and geometry.

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