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University of Arkansas: Research Group Delegates 3D Printing Duties to Their Swarm of Robots

“Individuality is what drives humans.” – Wenchao Zhou 3D printing and robotics have been a match for decades, and they continue to have a future together in manufacturing. When it comes to the AMBOT project Wenchao Zhou, Lucas Marques and Austin Williams are creating, however, it’s less of a one-on-one deal and more of a swarm . Or perhaps you could consider it an entire construction crew as they complete intricate production tasks, perform assembly of items, use tools like screwdrivers and sharp instruments, weld, and even do some 3D printing of their own. “Right now, we’re trying to figure out the minimum set of robots needed for a generic digital factory,” says Zhou, a professor of mechanical engineering at University of Arkansas and director of the AM 3 Lab. There, Zhou, Marques, and Williams are cloistered away in an austere laboratory creating the future of 3D printing technology. […]

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