Extol incorporates HP's 3D Printing technology to quickly deliver low-cost, lighter weight robotic tooling
Customer at a glance
Extol is an equipment provider and offers many types of plastic joining technologies, including laser welding, spin welding, vibration welding, hot plate welding, in addition to infrared welding and staking. The firm provides parts and technical support and offers other services including custom automation solutions and product and process development.
"Robotics are commonplace in the automotive industry for many reasons," says Mr. Roderick. "Sure, they handle repetitive tasks more effectively than humans, but they're also beneficial when installing large and complex components. The effectors for these applications need to be strong, yet also gentle enough to not mark or damage the parts being manipulated. Making them typically requires multiple materials and machining processes, which takes a significant amount of time and makes end-of-arm tooling expensive to manufacture.
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