Unlocking the potential of mass assembler robot swarms: A step towards large-scale structures

The use of large robot flocks to assemble structures is possible

The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT has developed a new method of assembly that builds on previous research. Recent studies have shown that lightweight objects like a deformable plane wing and a racing car can be constructed from identical pieces. Robotic devices could also be used to perform some of the assembly. The team has now shown that the robots used to assemble the structures and their components can be constructed from the same subunits. They can also move independently and in large numbers.

Amira Abdel-Rahman (CBA PhD student), Professor Neil Gershenfeld and three other researchers have published a new paper in Nature Communications Engineering.