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Ambots, an Arkansas-based 3D printing technology and assembly provider, has developed a class of mobile robots, which the founders say will initiate a new kind of digital factory.
Wenchao Zhou, co-founder of Ambots, said, “Right now, we’re trying to figure out the minimum set of robots needed for a generic digital factory.”
Company - Ambots - AM3Lab - System - Integration
As a company, Ambots was founded in the AM3Lab and System Integration & Design Informatics Laboratory (SiDi Lab) at the University of Arkansas by Wenchao Zhou, Lucas Marques, and Austin Williams.
As a product, on the other hand, Ambots stands for Autonomous Mobile roBOTS and Advanced Manufacturing roBOTS. These compact machines incorporate a FDM/FFF 3D printer with an E3D V6 HotEnd, and are 80% percent 3D printed. Four omni wheels enable the Ambots to move across the X and Y axes, with two ADNS-9800 laser motion sensors controlled via a wireless connection.
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Designed to work collaboratively, Ambots can in theory move around the entire factory to 3D print parts, enabling multicolor and multi-material end products.
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