Robot sales in North America reached a record high in the first quarter of 2022. Sales increased 28% from Q1 2021, when North American companies purchased 9,098 units. 62% of North American companies indicated that they will invest in robotics in the next three years. To manage supply chain issues and meet customer needs, 43% of the companies surveyed stated that they plan to increase their investments in robots and automation. Robotics and automation will play an important role in solving supply chain challenges, according to 73% of US organisations. The majority of US companies (70%) planned to change some…


In an attempt to evoke the forests of La Vallée de Joux, Errazuriz made a huge wooden sculpture in the shape of a tree in 2017. It was made using both conventional and avant-garde techniques. Changing seasonally, the tree presiding over the area gave each Art Basel exhibition throughout the year a distinctive atmosphere and personality. Sebastián Errazuriz is a born artist. Chilean by birth and English by training, his inventiveness, discipline and prodigious talent have made him one of Latin America’s best-known artists. He is noted for his work on large-scale public art, motorbikes, political works and even women’s…


Thanks to robotic milling, manufacturers now have flexibility in a market that has historically been dominated by heavy capital equipment. Modern production has new alternatives thanks to this technology. The possibilities of robotic milling allow the creation of sophisticated moulds for the plastics sector, as well as impressive works of art, opening up new avenues for producers. Although milling has been practised for many years, the use of industrial robots to perform this work is a more recent development. The widespread use of 3D cutting software has drastically reduced the input requirements for robots. For the milling process, CAD/CAM software…


Construction is one of the busiest and most difficult industries for automated systems, which is why recent developments have been slow. Most of the manual methods used in the construction sector until a few years ago put the safety and well-being of workers at risk. According to recent statistics, there is a great need to fill vacant positions in construction. These two key factors made it possible for robotics to enter the construction industry with the intention of replacing or improving current procedures. One example of robotics’ foray into architecture is the beautiful brick structure that was built for Keller…


ABB exhibited a 3D printing system at Automate 2022 that used its IRB 4400 robotic arm and a Massive Dimension MDPE10 particle extruder. ABB’s RobotStudio 3D Printing PowerPac is used to programme the machine. As it has expanded from prototypes to real production uses, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), has gained popularity in the industry. An increasing number of components that cannot be built using conventional manufacturing processes are being manufactured using additive manufacturing (AM). For example, several manufacturers are now rapidly 3D printing spare and replacement components for on-site equipment using AM. Producing novel, lightweight components…


Stefana Parascho, an architect, and Sigrid Adriaenssens, an engineer, were two Princeton academics who fantasised about automating construction, even as they created intricate designs. For the SOM ‘Anatomy of Structure’ exhibition in London, the professors collaborated with the architecture and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) to produce a remarkable and distinctive installation. They created an impressive vault with 338 translucent glass bricks from Poesia Glass Studio using two industrial robots. The vault is 7 feet high, 12 feet wide and 21 feet long. Crucially, LightVault reduced resource use in two ways: by eliminating the need for formwork or scaffolding…


Seoul, South Korea, is set to host the Robot Science Museum. The spherical structure of more than 8,000 square feet aims to promote public understanding of artificial intelligence and robots. Melike Altnşk Architects (MAA), the Turkish architectural firm responsible for famous structures such as the Küçük amlca radio and television tower in Istanbul, is building it. MAA’s design approach focuses on developing an architectural language through the use of contemporary fabrication technologies and robotic construction methodologies. Robotic science is constantly changing and evolving. It is no longer limited only to the industrial or service sector, says Melike Altınışık, founder of…


At Nike’s Advanced Innovation Center in Beaverton, the Oregon Dragon Bench was installed. The sculpture was made by MX3D using its Robotic Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) technology. At Nike’s world headquarters, the bench is part of the new LeBron James Building. Due to MX3D’s robotic 3D printing technology, the Oregon Dragon Bench pushes the limits in terms of sculptural presence and size. A “structural gradient” has been incorporated into the bench that is both structurally useful and aesthetically pleasing. A structure that densifies where structural stability is needed and opens up where weight can be reduced is called a…


As the global automotive industry faces one of the most significant transition periods in recent history, ABB is at the forefront of developing smart manufacturing technologies. As a result of the shift, more robots will be used in conjunction with other technologies, such as autonomous mobile robots (AMR). This will enable ABB’s automotive customers to optimise the distribution of components in their facilities and connect modular, scalable and integrated production cells, such as PixelPaint, to ensure the flexibility needed to meet changing demand levels. To develop the world’s first robot-painted art car, ABB Robotics partnered with two leading artists. Advait…


Red Bull commissioned Clemens Neugebauer and Martin Kölldorfer to create a large-scale sculpture for its race track in Spielberg, Austria, in 2010. The sculpture was inspired by an earlier idea to build a 23-metre-high bull leaping over the end of the curved track, which was discarded due to environmental concerns. As a result, in 2010 the notion of a Red Bull landmark resurfaced, with the aim of creating a sculpture large enough to be seen by passing motorists from the neighbouring motorway, a distance of about two kilometres. After lengthy negotiations with the client, the final design was decided on…