KUKA has demonstrated a Loci-One system using a KUKA QUANTEC2 six axis robot for large-scale 3D printing.
The Loci-One, manufactured by Loci Robotics, performs machining, cutting and drilling operations for complete component production. It prints and machines components ranging in size from a flower pot to a garden shed within a work area footprint about the size of a one car garage. Modular attachments and a flexible control system allow integration of new options and technology at the speed which they are developed.
KUKA says its QUANTEC2 pairs with the Loci system to deliver enhanced speed and versatility. “With high payloads, less disruptive contours, streamlined wrists and smaller footprints, KUKA’s KR QUANTEC series simplifies engineering for even the most complex applications,” KUKA says. Optimized contours of the energy supply systems enable easier simulation and cost-effective cell planning. The short stopping distances of the robots make them well suited for compact cell and system designs and enable flexibility in system planning and implementation.