Research partner: EPFL
The Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL), EPFL has over a decade of experience in developing unique reconfigurable robotic systems in medical, space and communication fields. RRL’s various folding robotic designs have demonstrated their efficacy under diverse geometric and functional applications from wearables to haptic interfaces. The unique contributions of these robots derive from their design, model, manufacturing techniques as well as system- level integration.
Implementation partner name: maxon
Maxon is the market leader in slotless fractional horsepower motors. Maxon also develops and produces gears, control electronics, sensors, housings. Competences range from R&D to manufacturing, production engineering, environmental testing for harsh environments as well as a small series prototype production and several mechanical workshops with milling, turning, welding, electroerosion, injection molding, CIM, MIM, 3D printing of polymers, metals and ceramics.
While manufacturing rotor cores, stator shells, and coil windings are well-automated, there still are numerous manual processes in producing motors. Even with the current state-of- art-of grippers, there are yet to be comprehensive solutions to solder wires, place, and fit magnets to assemble them. We aim to prototype by the end of the project to demonstrate a sensitive manipulation task of bending wires for soldering.