Digitalisation and robotics for more flexible production and tailor-made manufacturing
Creative Robotics (CR), a research unit at the Linz University of Art and Industrial Design in Austria, is studying robotics as an interface between the physical and digital world. CR works with robotic arms and focuses its research efforts on new applications to enable more flexible production and custom manufacturing, as opposed to mass production and conventional automation. Creative Robotics chooses to work primarily with small companies that want to implement robotics in their existing processes. From this perspective, robotics not only makes it more efficient, but also creates entirely new products.
The interdisciplinary team of architects, designers, 3D artists and engineers working on this project strives to go beyond traditional automation and find innovative new solutions.
The CR laboratory is located in a 4,000 m2 industrial innovation workshop called Grand Garage. The aim of this collaboration is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge around robotics methods to the attention of students, students, start-ups and companies.
Creaform's 3D ACADEMIA scanner is accompanied by a set of educational programs that go beyond simple teaching tools. The ACADEMIA range, specifically developed for the education sector, is a comprehensive educational solution for teachers and researchers who use the most innovative industrial technologies to teach and conduct research, and who wish to introduce their students to these cutting-edge technologies. Students will be able to use portable 3D scanners in real-world applications, such as retro-engineering, industrial design and quality control.
Here are some of Creative Robotics' many projects involving the ACADEMIA 3D scanner:
Custom football with 3D scanning, in collaboration with BallDesigner
BallDesigner sells custom footballs, made individually in a short period of time. The objective of this research project was to label the balloons directly on the site. To do this, it was necessary to scan certain balloons in order to obtain the tolerances of the material, and to be able to compensate them with the help of a robot.
Installation of KUKA CEE robots for Halloween
A robotic installation has been developed by KUKA for Halloween, allowing customers to design the decoration of their own 2D pumpkins on a tablet, during an event. The robot then applied the design directly to the pumpkin. In this case, it was necessary to scan the pumpkin in advance, in order to take into account the shape of each pumpkin individually.
Quality control from SPIF
Nicole Hubscher is a designer who has developed a breakfast tray based on "single-point incremental forming." An aluminum foil is gradually deformed by pressure applied by a robot, without having to heat the material. Since the metal deforms in a plastic, but also elastic way, the ACADEMIA 3D scanner has allowed to compare the target CAD model with the current state,in order to be able to rework the metal on site, if necessary.
Johannes Braumann, director of the Linz University of Art and Industrial Design,sums up: "It was impressive to see how students, without any prior experience of 3D scanning, were able to work independently with the ACADEMIA scanner and VXelements software after only a few minutes of training. The accuracy/performance ratio of Creaform's solution is superior to comparable structured white light scanners, while being within the same budget range and suitable for most of our applications. In addition to being a valuable tool for research projects, the ACADEMIA scanner has been an excellent gateway for our students to experiment with 3D scanning technology."