The revolution in the field of robotics continues. At this time we will meet with the novelty of NASA. This month at the Research Centre in Langley, in Hampton, Virginia, are preparing to release a new integrated structural assembly systems for working with composite materials (abbreviated its name is a bit of a human name – ISAAC). This is very useful from the perspective that so actively advertise specialists NASA, the robot. It is planned to release three such units, which after passing special tests will eventually be admitted to the assembly process of spacecraft, as well as a little more simple means – aircraft, engines and components of other vehicles.
Described as “changing the paradigm”, ISAAC is designed to remove the weak spot, which is currently present in the work of the team from Langley. According to Brian Stewart, manager of the project for the integration of the production process, the convenience of this robot contributes to the further development of the project, and thus continues the analysis and modeling of its potential. Procedures are carried out by structural analysis. However, while the connections are made robot, were not something extraordinary, to say the least. So, all of its benefits has to be discovered.
Namely, the ability to be flexible in the application, that is quickly rebuilt with the use of one-way on something else entirely. NASA has long needed such a decision. And that was proposed by ISAAC, who began his career as a standard industrial robot type KUKA, which was equipped with a large, removable disk like head, the ability to hold up to 16 different types of nozzles. This allows not only ISAAC quickly rebuilt between the materials, but also to change the nozzle, so it can perform almost parallel to completely different functions.
The idea of this project is to ensure that the work to create new accounts in the composites under different formulas adding one after the other. According to NASA, «hand» ISAAC and drive-arm allows you to adjust the slope of the conveyor belt, and more.
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