Automation Actuators and Precision Motion Control
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The Importance of Automation Actuators and Precision Motion Control in Additive Manufacturing
Linear stages and automation actuators are essential components in additive manufacturing (AM) processes, providing the quick and precise mechanical responses necessary for generating intricate three-dimensional structures. Often referred to as 3D printing, AM has proliferated through the worlds of engineering and industry. It is now one of the leading solutions for next-generation manufacturing challenges like agile tooling, mass customization, and rapid prototyping.
Additive manufacturing and 3D printing are umbrella terms for an increasingly diverse range of mechanical systems. A brief selection of the technologies now available to large-scale manufacturers and hobbyists alike include digital light processing (DLP), fused deposition modelling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA), and much more. Each of these relies on a range of different integrated components to achieve the levels of high throughput and independence that are characteristic of AM technologies. Arguably, none of those components are more important than the automation actuators in the positioning system.
In this blog post, we will explore why precision motion control with linear stages and automation actuators are so important to 3D printer operation.....read more...
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PI is a leading manufacturer of air bearing stages, piezoelectric solutions, precision motion control equipment, and hexapod parallel-kinematics for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology and medical engineering. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. The PI group employs more than 1,000 people worldwide in 15 subsidiaries and R&D / engineering centers on 3 continents.