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Sofos Adopts Farsoon Flight 3D Printing Technology for Robotics

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Farsoon Technologies introduced Flight Technology (Fiber Light Technology) for the first time in 2019, enabling “industry-leading” production speed through plastic laser powder bed fusion. In 2021, a dual-laser configuration of the Flight 403P system will be announced to further improve productivity.

Flight HT403P system Sophos Roboticsused for industrial projects such as prototyping and series production with a variety of application-specific engineering materials.

Sofos Robotics originally entered the world of additive manufacturing to improve components needed for automation cells, such as custom brackets and mounting plates, part nests and gripper fingers. The company started with his FDM machine, printing components for themselves and a small number of clients.

John Huster, President of Sophos Robotics, said: We started looking at other technologies and settled on the Farsoon Flight machine for its speed and flexibility. ”

Huster cited build volume size, print speed, and an open material/parameter platform as the main reasons for moving to the Farsoon system. He also said that the machine has his package of services that are more cost-effective than other systems the company was considering.

An example mentioned when talking about the benefits of the new machine was the production of custom guards made of ESD-safe nylon. To be environmentally conscious, the company had to use ESD safe materials for his. Before using AM in the manufacturing process, Sophos made the guards out of stainless steel and welded the two halves together.

“The client wanted a new single-piece solution to reduce the failure rate. Using the Farsoon Flight machine together with BASF’s ESD-safe nylon material, we were able to deliver a structurally integrated solution at a low cost and with a quick turn We were able to deliver around,” said Huster. “Before we had the Farsoon machine, it took him 12 hours to print one guard on one of his FDM machines. Now you can print in the same amount of time.”

Huster said: perfect recipe. An advantage of this machine for Sofos was the ability to add and remove parts while the machine was printing.

Sofos has done a lot of testing BASF We use materials such as PA11 ESD, TPU, PA6 mineral fillers, and will use more BASF materials in the future. Future projects where the company will use his TPU are custom suction cups and custom pendant controller guards.

“We had to work with the Sofos team on several materials, including the PA11 ESD.

Farsoon Technologies will be at IMTS 2022 in Chicago this week and will be there until the end of the show on Saturday, September 17th. The company has showcased BASF Ultrasint PA11 ESD and Ultrasint PA11 Black CF parts manufactured by Flight Technology.

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