To get to market faster, Bastian needed to make a better arm, with as much in common with the human arm as possible, from the fingertips to the elbow. They needed a design that was entirely new, and additive manufacturing made that possible.
Nearly half of the parts for the robotic shuttle system are made with additively manufactured polymers that give the robot handler’s fingers, joints and elbows more dexterity and efficiency. As well, the lightweight material allows for more sustainable operations because the additively manufactured shuttle system is able to be powered by a smaller motor and requires less power to execute its daily operations than with its previous metallic parts.
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