The age of cobots has dawned. According to Greg Nichols who authored "Big announcements from major players in collaborative robotics" and "Robotics in business: Everything humans need to know" published by @ZDNet, "the cobot market is unstoppable as heavyweights compete to expand distribution and bring new products online."
And what fueled the recent growth? Greg honed it down to essentially four reasons:
* falling sensor prices
* open source development
* rapid prototyping
* convergence of disparate technologies
In 2018 alone, I've had opportunity to work on several custom tray projects in support of cobot manufacturing in the automotive, medical, industrial, and electronics manufacturing industries.
Take for example the custom vacuum formed tray pictured above. This tray was created for an automotive device manufacturer reworking a robotic line that was scaling down in size. Working closely with the customer's engineering team, RapidMade provided design assistance (DfM), first articles for performance verification, and ultimately low-volume manufacturing to help the customer expediently and cost effectively reconfigure the robotic line with minimal impact to manufacturing output.
Grippers paired with custom fixtures (such as the thermoformed tray described) enable these cobots to work effectively with humans, and RapidMade is uniquely positioned to offer vacuum forming for one-off projects and low-volume manufacturing with NRE's that are a fraction of traditional tooling charges.
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