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Developments in Delivery Robots, Cloud-connected Humanoid Robots, Grasping Robots, Construction 3D Printing, and Marine Drones

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Published: 23 Jun 2017

This issue of Advanced Manufacturing TOE profiles self-driving goods delivery robots; 3D printing for large-scale construction, including skyscrapers; cloud-connected humanoid robots with improved management programming systems; underwater drones for fishing; and improved robot grasping of varied objects by leveraging artificial intelligence; and studying a vast database of 3D shapes and grasp models. The Advanced Manufacturing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations and developments related to manufacturing and industrial automation on a weekly basis. Innovations are focused toward improving product traceability, energy efficiency and reducing environmental footprints, integrating product design and manufacturing aspects for reducing time-to-market. Research focus areas include rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing), lightweighting (multimaterial joining, plastics and metals manufacturing, carbon fiber-based composite manufacturing), smart robotics (agile robots, consumer robots, swarm robotics, cobots), monitoring and control (wireless control networks, human machine interface), and simulation and modeling (design and simulation software). The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries. Keywords: Delivery robots, 3D printing large structures, humanoid robots, underwater drones, robot grasping, robot end effector, robot gripping

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