Italy-based robotic LFAM company Caracol can’t be missed at Formnext—quite literally. It’s large robotic platform Heron AM is on display along with a series of new hardware, software and automation releases. On the hardware front, Caracol has unveiled the new High Versatility (HV) extruder, rounding its current offering out to three extruders. On the software front, the company has introduced an expanded version of its Eidos Manufacturing Software Suite, with the new Eidos-IoT module for remote smart monitoring. For enhanced automation, the company is launching a new control cabinet that can manage several extruders in a single system.
Let’s first look at the new extruder for its large Heron AM platform. The High Versatility extruder was designed with flexibility in mind, and is suitable for a range of applications using a single tool, including mid-sized tools, jigs and fixtures; marine super structures; architectural panels; and furniture components. Caracol says the new end-effector delivers precision, performance and speed for a range of thermoplastic pellets, including advanced composite materials. The HV extruder is the company’s third, following the compact High Accuracy (HA) extruder and the robust, high-throughput High Flow (HF) extruder.
Next up is Caracol newest software module. Eidos-IoT expands its existing Eidos Manufacturing Software Suite to include remote smart monitoring capabilities. The new software module consists of a range of features, like condition monitoring, process monitoring, digital twin, predictive maintenance, cloud data logging and analyses of the machine, printed part and working environment. Eidos-IoT enhances existing software modules like Parameters & Path Planning and Human Machine Interface (HMI) to ensure smooth and reliable production.
In addition to its new extruder and software module, Caracol has also introduced a new control cabinet for its modular Heron AM platform. This solution is capable of managing multiple end-effectors (specifically the HV and HF extruders) in a single system. This gives users a centralized control unit for the LFAM system that will enable them to enhance manufacturing flexibility and their investment on a single platform.
You can find Caracol at booth C59, Hall 12.1 for the duration of Formnext. There, the Heron AM will be printing live using advanced materials from Airtech Advanced Materials Group. A series of sample prints from the rail, automotive, marine, furniture and aviation segments will also be on display.