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3D printing with a robot - RoboDK

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3D printing with robots can be easily accomplished in a few steps using RoboDK.
A 3D object, such as STL, can be first sliced into different layer paths, then, you can simulate the 3D printing program.

0:20 You can generate the appropriate program for your robot once you are satisfied with the result.
0:32 You can modify 3D printing parameters, such as the layer height, to obtain better accuracy results.
0:56 You can also modify other parameters such as the tool orientation of the robot.
1:35 You can select "Edit path manually" and the slicer window will show up.

2:12 Creating a 3D print project from scratch for industrial robots. It is possible to include your own tools and robots by modelling them yourself.
2:47 We must drag and drop the tool to the robot so that it can be used by the robot.
We must also add a reference frame to tell the robot where we want to 3D print.
We can move reference frames and other objects by using the ALT key.
3:12 We can use STL object for 3D printing. RoboDK also supports other formats, such as STEP and IGES files.
3:18 We must drag the object and drop it into the 3D printing reference frame.
3:30 We must select the Utilities menu, then 3D print project to tell RoboDK that we want to start a 3D printing project.
This menu allows us to modify the slicing parameters as well as the preferred tool orientation.
3:53 We can display the preferred tool orientation.

RoboDK supports milling with external axes, such as a turntable. In this case, more optimization options become available.

The Slic3r project ( is used to slice the 3D parts into machine paths.

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