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LiveWorx 2017

Additive Manufacturing and Automated Robot Design

Session Description

Building robots via conventional practice requires painstaking design and assembly steps that rely heavily on human intuition and individual expertise. Dr. Robert MacCurdy, a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, has developed algorithms and fabrication techniques that automate the design and production of customized robots to accelerate this process, with the goal of automatically designing robots that "walk out of the printer.” MacCurdy’s research creates design synthesis algorithms and manufacturing technologies, with the goal of a unified software and hardware tool chain that can automatically synthesize, evaluate, and fabricate electromechanical devices. Realizing this goal will require a modular design and construction method that employs a small set of simple modules (cells) that are deployed in large assemblies to solve a specific task, an approach that I call "Multicellular Machines." The robot design process is recast as a search over the position of modules in the assembly; fabrication is accomplished via the ordered placement of modules. I am working to address several key automation challenges: fabricating robot bodies, fabricating robot "brains", and designing both.

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Robot Arms
Robotics & Autonomous Vehicles
Design and Fabrication automation for electromechanical devices
Ultra-low energy mobile/IoT device geolocation & tracking
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45 minutes
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