Challenge and solution

Challenge

Challenge

YuMi is a collaborative industrial robot designed to grab, pick and place parts, and perform insertions. Depending on the part, YuMi uses different finger shapes that require multiple prototypes to perfect. Previously, prototype finger design was carried out in-house and the prototypes were manufactured externally. This process took a month, including wait time, and around €1,800 in costs.

Solution

Solution

When ABB Robotics incorporated 3D printing in their workflow, engineering took between four and sixteen hours per four prototypes, with an average total cost of €300. It also significantly improved their productivity and flexibility, allowing them to be more responsive to their customer needs. It’s no longer a problem if the original designs aren’t perfect. Multiple iterations are quick, easy and cheap.

Cost comparison

External suppliers

Ultimaker 3D printers

Time/part 2-4 weeks Time/part 1-4 hours
Cost/part* €450 Cost/part* €75
Feasibility tests/month 1 Feasibility tests/month 5-6

*Including engineering time, the 3D printing material cost is negligible (€1). It takes from one to four hours engineering and one hour printing per finger. In total, 3D printing saves four weeks and €400 per finger.

Results

Reduced prototyping and production times

Reduced prototyping and production times

Printing new prototypes in-house reduces design validation and prototyping times from weeks to hours without going over budget.

Read full story
Multiple feasibility tests and iterations

Multiple feasibility tests and iterations

With 3D printing, ABB Robotics can perform multiple tests and feasibility studies per day. New iterations have no time penalties.

Learn more about functional prototyping
Higher responsiveness to customer needs

Higher responsiveness to customer needs

Being flexible and fast allows for more customized solutions and a compelling reason for potential customers to choose ABB.

Learn more about concept models
Reduced prototyping and manufacturing costs

Reduced prototyping and manufacturing costs

As a fast, cost-effective alternative to traditional manufacturing methods, 3D printing allows ABB to save around €100k per year.

3D printing in engineering

More 3D printing knowledge

Business case
Cost-efficient, functional prototypes for small bore motorcycle parts
16-01-2018

Cost-efficient, functional prototypes for small bore motorcycle parts

With Ultimaker, MNNTHBX found a more efficient way to design and produce prototyped parts in the small bore motorcycling industry. By switching from traditional methods of manufacturing to 3D printing, the team replaced dozens of hours at the CNC mill and saw a 90% reduction in raw material cost.

Read more Download as PDF
Business case
Rapid design iterations for the early project stages
28-06-2017

Rapid design iterations for the early project stages

Honeybee Robotics is a design and engineering solutions firm known for contributions of critical planetary analysis technology to NASA’s past three Mars missions. Their designs are “destined for work on Earth, Mars, and beyond.” Their work extends to other industries as well, leveraging hard-fought expertise in designing mechanisms, robots, and robotics systems for work in challenging environments.

Read more Download as PDF
Business case
Precise, affordable microfluidics research devices
27-09-2017

Precise, affordable microfluidics research devices

Researchers at Cranfield University are using Ultimaker 3D printers to develop some of the cheapest customizable microfluidics ever made that are delivering results which will impact fields such as medicine and space research.

Read more Download as PDF
Amplifying business performance with Ultimaker

Elevate your
business with 3D printing

Find out how 3D printing could boost your company’s performance – talk to one of Ultimaker’s expert local partners today.

Request a quote
More 3D printing knowledge

Ultimaker ecosystem

Ultimaker 3D printers

3D printers

Ultimaker’s range of reliable desktop 3D printers offers greater design freedom, with more efficiency and lower costs.

Learn more
Ultimaker 3D printing materials

3D printing materials

Ultimaker materials have been developed to deliver high-quality, consistent results, and include Nylon, ABS, CPE, PVA and more.

Learn more
Ultimaker Cura 3D printing software

Ultimaker Cura software

With a range of carefully tested pre-configured profiles, Ultimaker Cura ensures a smooth, straightforward 3D printing experience.

Learn more
Ultimaker service and support

Support

We select our dedicated service partners carefully, to ensure the highest possible standards of service and support. Whenever you need it.

Learn more
Support