Gordon Barnard is a Designer + Engineer for Savsu Technologies, a medical technology design company specializing in the Cold Chain industry. Cold Chain refers to the technology for keeping a payload at a specific temperature range. Savsu also designs and manufactures custom solutions for customers who ship live cells, vaccines, etc. used in biotechnology and precision medicine applications. Savsu’s smart packaging systems incorporates GPS, temperature monitoring and other electronics into their transportation packaging designs.
In Savsu’s Albuquerque, NM facility, Gordon uses RhinoCAM and IRBCAM to program their ABB 4400, 6 Axis robot for the production of rapid prototype components in their made to order smart packaging systems. In the example shown below, Gordon is able to go from 3D CAD to CAM to Robot to thermoformed prototype in just a couple of hours! This means that Savsu engineers can have a design review in the morning and physical prototypes for testing in the afternoon! That’s Rapid Prototyping at its finest!
Here is the process:
- Rhino: Design and 3D modeling
- RhinoCAM: Create toolpaths and post to APT file
- IRBCAM: Load APT file, review motions, parameters and post to RAPID file for robot
- ABB 4400 Robot: Cut the positive mold core
- Thermoform and trim
- Engineering review of new design component
RhinoCAM’s role in this process allows you to define the toolpaths the robot will follow and post the APT file that IRBCAM will use.
Using RhinoCAM and IRBCAM, Savsu engineers can have a design review in the morning and physical prototypes for testing in the afternoon.
That’s Rapid Prototyping at its finest!
IRBCAM’s role in this process is to read the APT post file from RhinoCAM, validate the motions, and post the robot language code (called RAPID for Gordon’s ABB 4400) for the robot to cut the part. The image below from IRBCAM illustrates this process.
|I model all of my designs in Rhino because I find it to be a very intuitive CAD program. For this reason, RhinoCAM was a natural fit for us. We have the 3-5 Axis Premium configuration and find the interface to be very user friendly and the learning curve to be very smooth – Gordon Barnard, Designer + Engineer, Savsu Technologies|