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3-D Design Tool



SCHUNK has introduced its web-based 3-D design tool, eGRIP. The new design tool allows users to design and create gripper fingers that are customized to their part. eGRIP works in a 3-D environment and allows the user to orient the part, choose the gripper model and specify the finger material during the design process. Once the design is complete the fingers will be made by additive manufacturing (AM) and delivered in days rather than weeks. The advantages for designers are the online interface that creates fingers that match the part exactly and quick delivery.

Uploading the workpiece data as a STEP or STL file is all that is needed for eGRIP to determine individual gripper fingers with optimal 3-D contour. Alongside the already available polyamide 12 (PA 2200 or 2201) material, users can also choose aluminum (AlSi10Mg) and stainless steel (1.4404). Using a volume-based price model, SCHUNK can pass on the cost benefits of AM to the consumer: the smaller the finger, the lower the price.

To reduce the weight at the tool center point, the aluminum and stainless steel fingers have an integrated hollow or grid structure that is standard. "Compared to conventionally manufactured gripper fingers, this allows weight savings between 10 and 50%. This effect is noticeable with stainless steel in particular," said a company spokesperson.

In the new version, SCHUNK has also provided variants to simplify the order process.

For more information contact:

SCHUNK Inc.

211 Kitty Hawk Drive

Morrisville, NC 27560

919-572-2705

info@us.schunk.com

www.schunk.com

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