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LA Robotics Club Message Board › Manufacturing Robot Intro

Manufacturing Robot Intro

Bob M
23122541
Sherman Oaks, CA
Post #: 12
Here is a low cost (well, in terms of industrial equipment = $22K) manufacturing robot that an outfit in Boston called 'Rethink Robotics' has introduced:

Rethink Robotics YouTube Video

Rethink Robotics Co-Founder Interview

Baxter is the result of 5 years and $65M in R & D. The design is pretty clever and it is easy to imagine using it in manufacturing environments that are real unfriendly or dangerous to people. Not sure if they can sell enough of them to get their venture capital back, but that may not be the point of their initial product.

I did not see anything Baxter could do in the video that a scaled down DIYer version couldn't do using currently available parts and electronics. Software and a lot the plastic injection tooling would be where the real money and time is.


Dave
ylDave
Yorba Linda, CA
Post #: 30
Somewhat off topic, but check out the amazing dexterity of this robot:
https://www.youtube.c...­
Bob M
23122541
Sherman Oaks, CA
Post #: 13
Interesting video. I didn't know anyone had been working on robot digit movement for high speed applications.

Seems like a natural to link super fast robot hand movement with a Baxter type chassis. Imagine such a combo doing something like rebuilding a carburetor or guage sorting a product on a fast moving conveyor belt.
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