The promise of direct digital manufacturing using 3D printers is coming alive in Toowoomba, Queensland as a local start-up prepares to produce a low-cost robotic arm under licence from Las Vegas-based Haddington Dynamics.
DCISIV Technologies (pronounced Decisive) is putting the finishing touches to a micro-factory (below) of 3D printers to manufacture Haddington’s DexterHDI robotic arm (main picture)
DCISIV founder Ben Leamon said: “We have a great belief in the future of direct digital manufacturing and its potential to reform our manufacturing industry.
“We see this as the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential.”
Leamon is a young University of Queensland graduate who has worked for chemicals and explosives group Orica and Toowoomba’s Downey Engineering.
The Business Queensland Business Growth Fund is backing the venture to onshore manufacture of Haddington’s collaborative robot.
Leamon travelled to Las Vegas last year to undergo training in Haddington’s manufacturing system before returning to set up DCISIV’s 3D print farm.
He said: “Our goal is to become a valued, trusted and reliable extension of the Haddington ecosystem and produce robots of the same technical calibre and quality as Haddington themselves, right here in Toowoomba.
“We also plan to actively contribute to the project in terms of its technical development.”
Haddington Dynamics was founded by supercomputing specialist Kent Gilson following a successful Kickstarter crowd funding campaign in 2017.
The latest version of the Dexter robot features a FPGA (Field Programable Gate Array) torque sensing system allowing it to feel “touch”.
It is suitable for food service and medical industries or light industrial duties such as camera-based inspection, polishing, deburring and bin picking, according to the developers.
Haddington said the selling price in Australia would eb a third of similar payload systems
Pictures: Haddington Dynamics
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