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Siemens Research Team Develops Autonomous Mobile 3D Printing Spider-Bots

by • April 21, 2016 • No Comments

  • There are a number of primary tech-driven companies that are researching 3D printing technology at a rapid rate, but quite few invest as much as time and money into additive making as Siemens does. Whether they’re assembling their own €21.4 million metal 3D printing facility or helping 3D printing startups with their endeavors, the global engineering company is betting big inside the 3D printing industry. Now, a research team of Siemens Corporate Technology’s Princeton campus has just announced their latest technology, the development of autonomous mobile 3D printing devices, that are being called spider-bots.


    These one-of-a-kind printing devices, that appear like spider-like robots, were approximately entirely created and manufactured by the Siemens Corporate Technology research team. They’re engineered with an extruder much like to the type used with FDM printing, and are able-bodied to print in polylactic acid (PLA). The spider-bots are equipped with an onboard camera and a laser scanner as well, that enable-bodieds them to become aware of the surrounding environment during the print job. Software-wise, they’re all programmed with a adjusted edition of Siemens’ NX PLM software, that is their product development, engineering, and making software solution. In the near-future, the Siemens research team hopes to use these spider-bots inside the car and aerospace industries.

    “We are appearing at via multiple autonomous robots for collaborative additive making of structures, such as car bodies, the hulls of ships and airplane fuselages,”said Livio Dalloro, head of the research project at the Siemens Corporate Technology’s Princeton campus.


    Multiple spider-bots can be deployed to deplete one print job together, that was created possible by an algorithmically created multi-robot task planning process. The devices are able-bodied to divide their section of the print area into vertical boxes, that enable-bodieds them to collaborate on a single print. Not just are these spider-bots aware of the area they’re printing upon, they’re in addition able-bodied to autonomously crawl back to the charging station on its own accord. In addition, a low battery spider-bot can in addition transmit a progress report to another robotic colleague, that can allow these mini-manufacturers to pick up where the other left off. So, don’t be startled if you see a few spider-like 3D printing devices crawling around, they’re just spinning up the upcoming new web of additive making.

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