Topology optimized Gripper
The aim of this gripper is to remove all masses that do not take up structural loads. This means that energy can be saved with every acceleration and deceleration of the module during the entire planned service life.
For this purpose, the places on the original geometry that must be retained are first defined in the simulation software. In this example there are four bearing points and the gripping surface. A force acting on the gripping surface and the bearing points are then defined as fixed spatial points. The simulation software then calculates the flow of force between the action and fixed points. Material is then added to the resulting lines of force until the desired theoretical safety factor is reached.
The generated geometry is then output as a step file. The component is then optimally placed in the programming software and support structures are attached where necessary. The component is then built up layer by layer on the machine. After production is complete, the supports are removed and the component is bead-blasted as standard.