【機器人瓦力變身3D蜘蛛打印機,將取代人力造飛機】

【機器人瓦力變身3D蜘蛛打印機,將取代人力造飛機】近日,西門子發明了一款可進行3D打印機器人sispis。擁有八只手的sispis將取代人工進行大部件的制造,如建造汽車車身和飛機機身。Sisipis的眼睛很像瓦力,實則是激光掃描儀,通過讀取周邊環境來指導操作。盡管負責人表示,現在它實用的時候還為時過早。

Armies of these 3D-printing spiders could someday build airplanes and ships

Eight hands may be better than two when it comes to mass production.

siemens 3D printing spider

Earlier this month, engineers from electronics manufacturer Siemens completed prototypes on a 3D-printing spider robot that could be used to build entire car bodies and?airplane fuselages.

Instead of relying?on human workers for large-scale projects, companies could use the robots to cut costs and speed up production.

"We see this project as one of the first attempts in mobile manufacturing that will enable us to fabricate objects in places that we simply could not have built within before," Livio Dalloro, head of Siemens Corporate Technology's research group, tells Tech Insider.

The machines are called SiSpis, and they're not as creepy as you might think. Their big, longing eyes more closely resemble?WALL-E than actual spiders — a design consideration Dalloro says was crucial.

3D printing spider robot

"Based on the results from one of our test groups, we decided to add an eyeglass to the robots to soften its appearance," Dalloro says, a change that even the folks at Pixar say they had to make when creating WALL-E's oddly endearing goggles.

Each SiSpi works in tandem with the other robots according to their specific programming. The "eyes" on the SiSpi face are actually laser scanners, which read the surrounding area and talk to the robot's extruder arms about?where to build.

Based on software Dalloro and his team created, each of the robots can then work on a specific "box" of space without getting in the other robots' way.

3D printing robot spider

Dalloro admits that it's too early to tell how many robots would be needed to construct a car or a fuselage, or how long an entire build might take.?What the team does know is that even robot spiders get tired. When one SiSpi's battery is running low, which happens after about two hours, it'll alert a nearby team member that it's going to charge back up. The fully-charged spider will then take over the duties of the first spider until it returns at a full charge.

Right now, the only material SiSpis can handle is a mixture of corn starch and sugarcane known as poly lactic acid. It's one of two simple plastics that allow for rudimentary print jobs, the other being an oil-based plastic called Acylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or ABS.

Dalloro says the next phase will focus on 3D-printing with materials "that will satisfy the industrial and scientific needs of Siemens," but he says he can't divulge which materials specifically.

3D printing spider robot

Dalloro says he's most excited to contribute to technological innovation in the robotics space.

"Without the advancement in the optical manufacturing space, Newton wouldn't have manufactured the polished parabolic-mirrors to validate or advance his scientific ideas in astrophysics," he says.

Given the impending rise of robot automation, an army of red and blue spider robots could very well be the next parabolic mirror.

http://www.techinsider.io/siemens-3d-printing-spiders-could-build-ships-and-planes-2016-4


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