ROBOT LOGISTICS AT BASTIAN SOLUTIONS AIDED BY FAST RADIUS 3D PRINTING

3D Printing Industry | 4/9/2019 | Tia Vialva
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Bastian Solutions, an Indiana-headquartered material handling division of Toyota Advanced Logistics, has launched a new robotic handler that features 3D printed parts. Developed in collaboration with Chicago-based advanced digital manufacturing company Fast Radius, 45% of the final bill-of-materials (BOM) for the Shuttle System robotic picker have been produced via additive manufacturing. The parts were developed using HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers and Carbon DLS technology. Ron Daggett, Vice President of Technology and R&D at Bastian Solutions, comments, “We envisioned that additively manufacturing specific parts would make the Bastian Solutions Shuttle System the most efficient and agile robotic picker available on the market,”

“THE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESS WILL ENABLE US TO CUSTOMIZE EACH ROBOT PICKER TO FIT A CUSTOMER’S PARTICULAR WAREHOUSE ENVIRONMENT.”

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The Bastian Solutions Shuttle System, featuring 45% 3D printed parts. Screengrab via Fast Radius.

Founded in 1952, Bastian Solutions specializes in providing automated supply chain software, robotics, and conveyor technologies for distribution, manufacturing, and order fulfillment centers around the world. With its new Shuttle System, Bastian Solutions sought to improve the efficiency of robotic materials handling.

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Fast Radius provides a platform to support companies like Bastian Solutions who are looking to integrate additive manufacturing technologies into their workflow. As part of its support, Fast Radius helps identify potential applications; it conducts engineering and economic evaluations; and it produce the parts required within its own factories.

“Developing a new process for a robotic arm and using advanced additive materials to design lifelike fingers and joints is a reflection of Fast Radius’ mission to ‘make new things possible,’” explained Lou Rassey, Chief Executive Officer, Fast Radius. “The nature of additive manufacturing enabled us to create and test over a thousand prototype parts for Bastian Solutions in under 20 months until we arrived at just the right ones for this unique piece of equipment.”

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