The Robot Report
  • RobotStudio simulation software now includes 3D printing capabilities
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    ABB announced last month that it has added 3D printing capabilities to its RobotStudio simulation and offline programming software. The industrial automation provider said this will enable users to program ABB robots for additive manufacturing in as little as 30 minutes. Part of the PowerPac portfolio of RobotStudio, the new… Read more »
  • Waymo autonomous trucks, minivans roll into Texas, New Mexico
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    Yesterday, Waymo LLC announced on social media that it is expanding testing of its autonomous trucks and minivans to Texas and parts of New Mexico. The self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet has already been mapping cities across the U.S., including Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Waymo… Read more »
  • AWS JPL Open-Source Rover Challenge open to competitors
    Sometimes, it is rocket science. Amazon Web Services Inc. is offering an opportunity to robotics and software developers to participate in space exploration while also showing off their hacking abilities. The AWS JPL Open-Source Rover Challenge is intended to help improve how rovers will operate on Mars. “Space enthusiasts, robotics… Read more »
  • Robot helps 3D print a home for less than $6,000 in materials
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       RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – SQ4D Inc., announced today that its robotic construction system has built the largest permitted 3D-printed home in the world, using less than $6,000 in materials. The Patchogue, N.Y.-based company’s Autonomous Robotic Construction System (ARCS) constructed a 1,900-square-foot home, taking 48 hours of print time over… Read more »
  • Brain Corp reports record sales in 2019, citing demand for AMRs in retail
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    The Whiz cleaning robot uses BrainOS. Source: SoftBank Robotics North America SAN DIEGO – Brain Corp, which develops autonomy software for commercial vehicles and robots, today announced it achieved record sales and revenue growth in 2019 as retailers turn to robotic solutions to help reduce costs and enhance in-store experiences.… Read more »
  • Neurala, AviSight team up for AI-powered drone inspections
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    Neurala Inc., which is developing visual inspections software powered by artificial intelligence, today announced that it is working with drone service provider AviSight Inc. to support drone inspections of physical infrastructure. AviSight’s Live Look Fault Vision inspection system will be integrated with Neurala’s software to flag potential issues in infrastructure… Read more »
  • Johnson & Johnson to disclose robot-assisted surgery plans in May
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    Johnson & Johnson last year acquired Auris Health, whose Monarch system is used to treat lung cancer. Source: J&J During its fourth-quarter earnings call yesterday, Johnson & Johnson said it will give a preview of its robotic and digital surgery plans at a Medical Device Business Review Day that it… Read more »
  • Company offers germ-killing robot to airports to address coronavirus outbreak
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    Los Angeles-based Dimer UVC Innovations, which develops the GermFalcon germ-killing robot aimed at sanitizing airplanes, today offered to provide its services to three U.S. airports to help address an outbreak of a pneumonia-like illness that originated in China. The coronavirus, which is in the same family as severe acute respiratory… Read more »
  • Energid to provide SDK to help power Motiv’s RoboMantis platform
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       BEDFORD, Mass. – Energid and Motiv announced today a software development kit that would allow users of Motiv’s RoboMantis modular robotic system to more easily program the robot. The companies said Energid’s Actin SDK is a real-time adaptive robotic control tool kit that can help RoboMantis extend its… Read more »
  • Design software key to robotics performance, says nTopology
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    A robot arm developed on the nTop design software. Source: nTopology The tools that robotics developers use to design new products are just as important to performance as their choice of materials and components, according to nTopology. The New York-based software company works with aerospace, automotive, consumer, medical, and industrial… Read more »
  • Cruise Origin driverless vehicle designed to disrupt transportation
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    Concept art of Cruise Origin in San Francisco’s Castro District. Source: Cruise SAN FRANCISCO — Cruise LLC, the autonomous vehicle unit of General Motors Co., last night unveiled Cruise Origin, which executives said will make urban transportation safer, easier, and cheaper. The driverless vehicle is the result of a collaboration… Read more »
  • Berkshire Grey raises $263M to fuel global expansion of logistics robotics
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    Image: Berkshire Grey LEXINGTON, Mass. – Berkshire Grey, which develops automation solutions for retail, e-commerce, and logistics fulfillment operations, announced today it raised $263 million in Series B financing. Participants in the round include SoftBank, Khosla Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and Canaan. The company said the new funding will support… Read more »
  • Ford automates fog light installation with KUKA LBR iiwa cobots
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    Human workers typically install headlights and fog lights in automotive factories, a task that can lead to physical stress and injuries. Ford Vehicle Operation Manufacturing Engineering, Dürr Assembly Products, and KUKA AG have jointly developed an automated approach as part of a feasibility study. While stooped over, a human operator… Read more »
  • Sea anemone inspires robotic grippers in Chinese research
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    A sea anemone grabbing its prey, and design of a bionic soft grasper. Source: Applied Physics Letters Although many robotic grippers have humanlike fingers, they often do not have the dexterity, flexibility, or affordability needed for industrial applications. Researchers at the Southwest University of Science and Technology and Tsinghua University… Read more »
  • Soft Robotics raises Series B funding with participation from FANUC
    BEDFORD, Mass. — Soft Robotics Inc., a pioneer in robotic grasping, announced today that it has raised $23 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round. The round was co-led by Calibrate Ventures and Material Impact and included existing investors Honeywell, Hyperplane, Scale, Tekfen Ventures, and Yamaha. FANUC Corp., the… Read more »
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