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AMT Tech Report: Issue #179

Additive interview with sigma labs. Why can’t we all just get along?! Called it back at IMTS 2018: industrial robots will become dummy cheap! Yamaha robotics?! Thread-cutting FAQ.
Oct 08, 2021

“If you cannot patiently bear correction, endeavor to avoid fault.”

Norm MacDonald

1. Additive Interview With Sigma Labs

“Metal 3D printing is changing the way we create parts. In low- to mid-volume production runs, the parts themselves can be made faster, cheaper, and with lower effort than traditional manufacturing processes.” I ain’t gonna say all that, but I think we can all agree that the bugs are getting worked out!

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Additive and subtractive can! “With the ability to process steels like 1.2709 or 16MnCr5, the hybrid manufacturing technology is said to be suitable for the single-use and series production of lightweight tools with flexible cooling channels to cost-efficient moulds. The process is able to achieve a positioning and repeating accuracy of 0.05 millimetres (50 microns) and a high-quality joint of the base body and the AM part.”

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3. Called It Back at IMTS 2018: Industrial Robots Will Become DUMMY cheap!

CONFIRMED! Danish robot manufacturer Universal Robots made waves disrupting the industry when their UR5 punched its way onto the market in 2008 – 10 years before I totally called it, I’m telling you! #Youpeople had never seen such an affordable arm, and it was collaborative at that! Well, well, well, history repeats itself! Buckle up, buttercup!

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4. Yamaha ROBOTICS?!

All right, listen. Yamaha as a company is known for their sound, whether it’s their musical instruments and equipment, or their motorcycles and automobile engines they’ve made for various manufacturers. Their focus is sound, and the sound is glorious! After all, their star logo is, in fact, three tuning forks. Well, I’m clearly behind the times because they’ve been making industrial robots en masse since before I was born!

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5. Thread-Cutting FAQ

Man, if I got to spend more time with Jarvis last year when shooting season one of “Road Trippin’ with Steve,” I’d probably know all these (and I would have consumed enough Maine lobster to be considered British royalty)! Lucky for me, I found this in my feed this week.

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Stephen LaMarca
Manufacturing Technology Analyst
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