Customized end of arm manipulator

case-studies Description

Customized Automation

The Challenge

A manufacturer of automation systems approached Henkel to develop customized manipulator for end of arm robotics applications. These types of parts are traditionally machined from aluminum at high costs and long lead times.  The traditional manufacturing process is limited in the ability to produce complex and sophisticated part designs. Due to the nature of the workflow and high fixed costs of machining, customization is usually expensive, or simply not possible.

The Solution

A combination of Henkel products were used to print and bond the new part. To create the main structure, LOCTITE 3D 3172 HDT50 High Impact was used. The gripper pads were printed with LOCTITE 3D IND402 A70 High Rebound in order to maintain direct contact with the final part.


  • Light weight, optimized
  • Lead-time reduction of over 90%, design to part in just 4 days
  • Digital workflow enables just-in-time manufacturing for spare parts
  • Digitally produced means spares can be produced on demand

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