This topic focuses on a particular approach of using a coordinated and distributed swarm of micro-robots that are capable of handling and manipulating nano- and micron-scale building blocks in the process of synthesizing novel materials and structures. Each micro-robot would perform a specific task, often a single rudimentary task, repeatedly. Collectively, these tasks would be choreographed in purposeful activities for manufacturing. A micro-robot swarm should be able to perform material synthesis and component assembly, concurrently.DoD is requesting that submitters actually develop a proof of concept demonstration of this approach. Three phases are envisioned, including concept proof, complex parallel fabrication demonstration and finally productionizing the technology suitable for commercial use.
When I saw 3DSLA.RU’s unusual microwave-based 3D printer last November at Formnext, I thought it was the only one. I was wrong.