Haddington Dynamics 3D Prints its Dexter Robotic Arm using Markforged
Haddington Dynamics is reducing the production cost by 58% and increasing manufacturing speed by 70% by 3D printing the majority of its Dexter robot arm
Haddington Dynamics is a leading manufacturer of robotics technology. The Dexter robotic arm manufactured by Haddington Dynamics is a 7-axis fully assembled robotic arms and kits which are supplied to NASA, GoogleX, and Toshiba. After using the Dexter robotic arm, a high profile customer suggested moving away from using weak PLA material and instead utilizing the Makforged’s Onyx Material with carbon fiber reinforcement to get the desired strength and quality they wanted in their product. The benefits of 3D printing technology attracted Haddington Dynamics to purchase four Markforged 3D printers. The inventor of the Dexter robotic arm, Kent Gilson said: “within about three weeks of receiving our printers, we had completely redesigned the robot with the carbon fiber layup and saved all kinds of volume.” Dexter is now almost completely made from Markforged 3D printed parts, which has saved the company 58% in costs by reducing the number of parts from 800 to less than 70.
Haddington Dynamics’ customers receive custom swappable 3D printed gripper fingers with each robotic kit. Dexter’s modular end effectors are capable of pick and placing, gripping, 3D printing, and even working with CNC machines. A single Dexter pays off a printer. “You recover your ROI in a single output, which changes the manufacturing model,” said Todd Enerson, CEO at Haddington Dynamics.
Haddington Robotics are Exclusively Sold by Chemtron in South East Asia.