Discover how the collaboration between humans and robots is making a big impact on the manufacturing, architecture, and construction industries.

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video: Robotics and the Future of Making Things

Robotics and the Future of Making Things

In the not-too-distant future, robots and humans will work side by side to accomplish things neither could achieve on their own. Maurice Conti, director of Applied Research and Innovation at Autodesk, gives his perspective on the future of robotics.

Manufacturing with robots

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  • RAMLAB has a pair of six-axis robotic arms for additive manufacturing

    Additive manufacturing on demand

    Port of Rotterdam’s RAMLAB and Autodesk collaborate to pioneer on-demand additive manufacturing for ship repair.

  • Mimus is an industrial robot programmed to explore and roam

    Meet Mimus, the curious robot

    Mimus is an industrial robot that has no preplanned movements. Instead, it is programmed with the freedom to explore and roam about its enclosure.

  • The MX3D project will use multi-axis robots to 3D print a bridge

    Autonomous 3D-printing robots

    Dutch 3D-printing technology firm MX3D is 3D printing a fully functional, intricate steel bridge over water in Amsterdam using industrial multi-axis robots.

  • A generatively designed pillar of limestone was robotically carved

    Generative Design Pavilion

    CNC milling, robotic fabrication, and traditional hand-carving workflows were used to build the limestone base of the Generative Design Pavilion.

Customer stories

  • World’s first 3D-printed yacht built with robotic additive manufacturing

    Livrea builds 3D-printed yacht

    By connecting cloud design and robotic additive manufacturing, Sicilian boat builders Livrea have made huge strides in building the first 3D-printed yacht. The company has successfully 3D printed the yacht’s hull using advanced, multimaterial, polymer composites. 

  • Speeding up production for global attractions

    Merlin Magic Making

    The creative team at Merlin Magic Making produces attractions for theme parks such as LEGOLAND, Madame Tussauds, and the London Eye. The team uses a robot to mechanize its production and speed up delivery times.

  • Eva the robotic arm used for manufacturing

    Automata's affordable robotic arm

    Traditionally, manufacturers considered robotic arms to be a significant investment. But startup company Automata is changing that perception with the launch of Eva—a lightweight, affordable, easy-to-use robotic arm. 

Collaborative research projects

  • SYMPLEXITY is a collaborative project to develop new human-robot solutions for industrial manufacturing.

  • The LASIMM project is developing large, flexible, all-in-one machines on a scalable framework for hybrid (additive and subtractive) manufacturing.

  • HyProCell uses laser-based additive and subtractive manufacturing, enabling machine interaction to optimize workflow and data handling.

PowerMill CAM software for robotics

PowerMill software provides powerful, flexible, easy-to-use tools for offline programming of robots. Get tools to help you optimize robotic paths and simulate virtual mock-ups of manufacturing cells and systems.

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