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Seminar: Fabrication via Mobile Robotics and Digital Manufacturing

Jeffrey Lipton, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
E100 Scott Laboratory
201 W. 19th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210


Each new generation of robotic fabrication tools has transformed manufacturing, enabling greater complexity and customization of the world around us. With the recent developments in additive manufacturing and mobile robots, several pressing questions have emerged. How can we use computational methods to expand the set of achievable material properties? How can we use mobile robots to do manufacturing? And finally, how can we use the answers from these questions to make robots more capable?

This talk will provide answers to these questions and demonstrate how generative processes can be used to make deformable cellular materials and how mobile manufacturing robots can perform carpentry tasks. Deformable materials enable open, close, stochastic and ordered foams. These are useful as actuator, protection and deployable structures for robots. Mobile robotic fabrication brings robots out of the factory and onto the job site, enables scalable manufacturing tools, and expands the set of programmable manufacturing processes. Together these two methods will enable the next generation of custom manufacturing.


About the speaker

Jeffrey Lipton is a postdoctoral associate in the Distributed Robotics Lab at CSAIL. He completed his PhD with Hod Lipson at Cornell in the Creative Machines Lab. Lipton was the lead developer for the Fab@Home project which supported life science, material science and food science researchers' 3D printing needs on all six habitable continents. His work has influenced two of the largest 3D printing companies in America and garnered media attention from the New York Times, BBC, and others.

Hosted by Prof. Manoj Srinivasan.

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