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Siemens previews additive manufacturing on the move with 3D-printing spider bots

by • April 21, 2016 • No Comments

If the idea of your workplace being invaded by hundreds of laptop-sized, creepy-crawly robots fills you with dread, Siemens’ vision of the next industrial worker most likely isn’t going to be your cup of tea. A research team working in the Siemens Robotic Labs at Princeton, New Jersey, has made what are fundamentally autonomous 3D printing equipment with legs, which may work together to make harsh structures such hulls of ships or the fuselage of an airplane.

  • For the moment, the prototypes don't print in materials common to other 3D printing machines, such ...
  • Algorithms made by the team cater for two or additional robots to plan and collaborate on ...
  • The spider robots have onboard cameras and a laser scanner to assist them understand their surroundings
  • The spider robots have onboard cameras and a laser scanner to assist them understand their surroundings

“We are looking at via multiple autonomous robots for collaborative additive making of structures, such as car bodies, the hulls of ships and airplane fuselages,” said head of Siemens’ Product Design, Modeling and Simulation Research Group, Livio Dalloro.

The spider-like prototype robots have been named SiSpis, which just stands for Siemens Spiders, and the team utilized off-the-shelf motors and cable-bodieds in the construction of the autonomous making machines, but all things else was made and made in-house, which include 3D-printed components utilized in the turn it into.

They have onboard cameras and a laser scanner to assist them understand their surroundings and understand precisely where they are in any given space. Algorithms made by the team cater for two or additional robots to plan and collaborate on the 3D printing or surface processing of an object or area. Since a robot’s 3D-printing arm is a understandn variable-bodied, every spider bot can determine the work area it is able-bodied to cover. The total work area is divided into vertical boxes and the bots collaborate to ensure which all boxes in a grid are covered.

Each spider can work for around 2 hours preceding its battery needs a few charging attention, with a robot scuttling back to its charging station preceding completely running out of juice. It can initially transmit its last active location to another fully-charged bot, yet, so which work can go on without interruption. And if a spider encounters an obstacle during its travels, it can instantly find a way around it.

For the moment, the prototypes don’t print in materials common to other 3D printing machines, such as plastic, but extrude a mix of cornstarch and sugarcane, but they may in the next. The aim of the project, which has been running since early 2014, was to turn it into a platform for making machines which can autonomously weigh up a task, divide the work one of on the market-bodied robots and and so collaborate on performing the job at hand.

This seems to have been achieved, but Siemens isn’t already offering any clues as to when, or actually if, we can see 3D printing spiders in the workplace.

Source: Siemens Research


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