The 7 Best Cities For Robotics Right Now

RoboUniverse, robotics’ annual meeting of the minds, is rolling out in New York City this week—and in the keynote address today, we learned where the best robotics work in the world is happening. In it, he shared a list of world cities that are pretty much killing it in the robotics sphere. The innovation centers are, in no particular order: 1.  Boston 2.  Pittsburgh 3.  San Jose/San Francisco (Silicon Valley) 4.  Tokyo 5.  Osaka 6.  Seoul 7.  Munich What determined this list? Kara said that robot innovation centers all share proximity to “excellent universities,” and regularly contribute to robotics R&D. It’s also hard to deny each location’s contributions to robotics so far: Silicon Valley and Tokyo are gimmes, but not everyone might be aware of the others.

CEA Applauds Introduction of Senate UAS Legislation

CEA market research expects 2015 to be a defining year for unmanned systems, with the category ideally positioned for steady growth.

Diffractive Optical Elements Made of Plastic

Plastic DOEs are used in particular in systems of mass production.

STRATASYS JOINS SME'S BRIGHT MINDS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM TO DEVELOP FUTURE CAREERS IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

The Bright Minds program will be featured at three industry events this year

CLEARCORRECT EXPANDS ITS FLEET OF STRATASYS DENTAL 3D PRINTERS, INCREASING PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY 30 PERCENT

100 percent of ClearCorrect dental models are now 3D printed ---- Digital dentistry workflow allows prompt scale-up with demand

Announcing the 2015 Soft Robotics Competitions!

The 2015 Prize for Contributions in Soft Robotics rewards academic researchers for sharing their work and advancing the field. The competitions include $10,000 in prizes!

Stratasys and WYNIT Announce North American Distribution Partnership

Agreement extends Stratasys Desktop reach to new markets

AUVSI 2015 - Robotics Poised to Revolutionize Manufacturing, Daily Life, Speaker Says

Automation will lead to other revolutions in electronic commerce.

ULTIMAKER ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE ULTIMAKER Go AND ULTIMAKER EXTENDED

The New Cutting-Edge Ultimaker Go and Ultimaker Extended Provide a Variety of Options for Users with an Easy, Reliable and High-Quality User Experience

Tern Tech Offshoots Show Potential for New UAS Capabilities at Sea

DARPA aiming to share breakthrough, low-cost technologies to improve launch and retrieval of unmanned aerial systems and maritime situational awareness

SURFCAM Featured May 12-14 at EASTEC 2015

The 2015 edition offers over 500 exhibitors

KUKA Systems Aerospace wins helicopter industry innovation award

KUKA's concept for the new Bell 525 is a major departure in assembling rotary-wing aircraft.

'First heavy-duty collaborative robot' can lift 35kg

Fanuc claims that it is the first robot manufacturer to produce a heavy-duty robot designed to work safely alongside humans. Its CR-35iA robot can perform tasks involving payloads of up to 35kg without needing the protective guards and fences that have previously been needed for robots with similar lifting capacities. Although there are already several other collaborative robots on the market, most are designed for much lower payloads. The new robot will stop automatically if it touches a human operator. A soft covering material also reduces the force of any impacts and prevents human operators from being pinched by the mechanism. And if the robot comes too close to an operator, they can simply push it away. The covering has a green colour to distinguish it from Fanuc’s usual yellow robots. The six-axis robot is designed for duties such as transferring heavy workpieces or assembling parts. By avoiding the need for safety barriers, it is claimed to improve production efficiencies and allow higher levels of automation.  

Festo's R&D Timeline - Part 1

Since 2006 Festo has been developing and supporting projects and test objects whose basic technical principles are derived from a wide variety of principles found in nature.

Kickstarted at $3M, How Tiko is Set to Be the Best and Cheapest 3D Printer

Sage Lazzaro for The Observer:  When we last talked with the folks from Makerbot, we discussed how 3D printers will soon be household appliances as common as microwaves, vacuums and well, regular printers. But they agreed that certain design and affordability standards need to be met first. Little did we know, a 3D printer set to meet those standards was being developed in Toronto as we spoke.   We’re talking about Tiko, the meticulously designed and shockingly affordable “unibody” 3D printer that’s had the industry’s experts and publications buzzing. The $179 3D printer surpassed its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 in three hours and finished up its campaign last Friday with a total of just under $3 million in pledges.   Tiko looks nothing like any 3D printer you’ve seen before. While most have a multipart frame, Tiko’s frame is one piece with three sets of arms that move in unison, essentially eliminating issues of misalignment or inaccurate prints associated with other products. The New York Observer spoke with Tiko founder and CEO Matt Gajkowski, who explained that Tiko’s unique design is actually essential to its affordability.   Cont'd...

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