This Advanced Manufacturing Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) profiles advancements in robots, 3D printing, and autonomous solutions for agriculture. Innovation profiled in this TOE includes self-navigating telepresence robots, robots for small part material handling, and a development kit that makes human-robot collaborations safer. Metal powder bed fusion 3D printing, 3D printing of aerospace parts and aero engine components, and fast and low-cost 3D metal printing are also profiled. In addition, an autonomous vegetable weeding robot, an autonomous strawberry harvester, and an autonomous precise weed control solution are also in focus in this TOE.
The Advanced Manufacturing Technology TOE covers global innovations and developments related to manufacturing and industrial automation on a weekly basis. Innovations are focused toward improving product traceability, energy efficiency and reducing environmental footprints, integrating product design and manufacturing aspects for reducing time-to-market. Research focus areas include rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing), lightweighting (multimaterial joining, plastics and metals manufacturing, carbon fiber-based composite manufacturing), smart robotics (agile robots, consumer robots, swarm robotics, cobots), monitoring and control (wireless control networks, human machine interface), and simulation and modeling (design and simulation software).
The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries.
Recent Developments in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
- Self-navigating Telepresence Robots
- Robotics for Small Part Material Handling
- 3D Printing of Aero Engine Components
- Metal Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing
- Development Kit Makes Human-robot Collaboration Safer
- 3D Metal Printing of Aerospace Parts
- Autonomous Vegetable Weeding Robot
- Fast and Low-cost 3D Metal Printing
- Large-scale Autonomous Strawberry Harvester
- Autonomous Precise Weed Control Solution
- Web-based CAE Software
- Electrical Discharge Machining Enables High Speed Machining at Nominal Costs