The Lighter Side of Manufacturing

Manufacturing in space, the final frontier 
The Lighter Side of Manufacturing

Manufacturing in space, the final frontier 

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is redefining the future of robotics with its research on in-space servicing, assembly and manufacturing (ISAM).
Can gamification make manufacturing more fun?
The Lighter Side of Manufacturing

Can gamification make manufacturing more fun?

A recent study claims that completion rates for monotonous assembly tasks increased when framed as playing a game.
Industry infographics
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Industry infographics

Get the manufacturing data and industrial insights you need to make the right decisions for your plant.
Watch engineers turn fantasy builds into reality, one video at a time
The Lighter Side of Manufacturing

Watch engineers turn fantasy builds into reality, one video at a time

See how industry professionals are using their talents in their free time to design and build a more whimsical world.
Mercedes-Benz hires humanoid robots to help workers on the plant floor 
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Mercedes-Benz hires humanoid robots to help workers on the plant floor 

Possible uses for the robot include bringing parts to production line workers, inspecting components, and delivering totes of kitted parts later in the manufacturing process. ...
Inventors of Transformers toys help design Japanese lunar robot
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Inventors of Transformers toys help design Japanese lunar robot

The SORA-Q was jointly developed by Takara TOMY, a toy company; the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Sony Group; and Doshisha University.
Turn your manufacturing defects into profit: How Sweethearts rebranded its blurry conversation hearts  
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Turn your manufacturing defects into profit: How Sweethearts rebranded its blurry conversation hearts  

For a limited time, the company is offering Situationship Boxes, which feature blurry, misprinted candies that are as hard to read as a real situationship.
3D printer uses lasers and cameras to print intricate designs with a wider variety of materials
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3D printer uses lasers and cameras to print intricate designs with a wider variety of materials

Researchers from MIT, the MIT spinout Inkbit, and ETH Zurich have been diligently working on a new 3D inkjet printer that will change what types of projects can be printed and...
Shape-shifting fibers expand and contract based on body temperature 
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Shape-shifting fibers expand and contract based on body temperature 

Based on liquid crystal elastomers, the FibeRobo fiber can be embedded or structured into textiles.
Roll Up Pangolin Inspired Robot Is Designed To Travel Within The Human Body
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Roll up: Pangolin-inspired robot is designed to travel within the human body

Recently, researchers have turned to the pangolin with its unique overlapping scales as a model for the latest technical innovation.
Dex R Robot Stacks Packages On Fed Ex Trailers With Tetris Like Precision
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DexR robot stacks packages onto FedEx trailers with Tetris-like precision

While loading packages may seem like a simple task, the reality is that deciding how to stack boxes of various sizes, shapes, weights, and packaging materials can be extremely...