Technical.ly Brooklyn reports on yet another announcement by the Bushwick, New York-based company Voodoo Manufacturing. Voodoo Manufacturing has unveiled ‘Project Skywalker,’ a robotic arm, which will be used to ‘harvest’ 3D printers.
“The robot, which looks like an Inspector Gadget arm, will be able to remove the plates on which items have been printed and replace them with fresh ones. So far, the project is just a demo, but a fully operational system is the goal.”
As Max Friefeld, one of Voodoo Manufacturing Co-Founders explains, “this is a huge deal for us because automation is a key to how we’re going to reduce costs and compete for the $200 billion injection molding market. Voodoo’s factory employees spend approximately 10% of their working hours harvesting printers. By using a robot to harvest our printers, we can increase our factory’s capacity by close to 400% from what it is today.”
As previously reported by Replicator World earlier this year, Voodoo Manufacturing “raised $1.4 million to build out its team of human workers, with an eye toward building its own factory in the future.” Now, not only will Voodoo Manufacturing have an army of humans doing its bidding, but an army of robots as well!
One of Voodoo Manufacturing’s other Co-Founders, Jonathan Schwartz, concluded: “[Project Skywalker is] going to allow us to keep our factory up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
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Quotes Courtesy of Technical.ly Brooklyn