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Last yr, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore had a small viral sensation on its palms with the discharge of Ikea Bot. The robotic did laps round its inept human counterparts by autonomously assembling an Ikea chair in lower than 9 minutes.

That similar workforce is behind NTU spin-off Eureka Robotics, which this morning debuted Archimedes, a six-axis robotic arm designed to select up and manipulate optical lenses and mirrors. The performance is decidedly much less YouTube video-friendly than its furniture-assembling predecessor, however there’s in all probability much more cash to be made in optics.

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Archmides is able to dealing with multiple-sized lenses and mirrors and loading them right into a tray as a way to be coated. Introducing a robotic arm into the method can assist get rid of defects launched by human interactions. The problem, in fact, is to create a robotic arm that may deal with such delicate objects with out damaging them within the course of.

“With Archimedes, we have taken accuracy to the tens-of-micron level,” firm co-founder and NTU Associate Professor Pham Quang Cuon mentioned in a launch tied to the information. “Its accuracy of placing objects is within a tenth of a millimetre, yet it does so with the gentleness of a human touch, made possible by our control algorithms.”

The robotic debuts this week at a robotics commerce occasion in Southeast Asia.

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