Miniature Electromagnetically Controlled Assembler Robot Swarm: MECA-BOTS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$149,930.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0274
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-037-0337
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T037
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
082191198
Principal Investigator:
StevenFloyd
Staff Engineer
(703) 413-0290
sfloyd@arete.com
Business Contact:
DouglasDeProspo
Vice President
(703) 413-0290
contracts@arete.com
Research Institute:
Carnegie Mellon University
Metin Sitti
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213-
(412) 268-3632

Abstract
Arete Associates, in collaboration with the NanoRobotics Laboratory of Carnegie Mellon University, plans to design and demonstrate a desktop-sized assembly system utilizing a coordinated team of micro-robots. Called MECA-BOTS (Miniature Electromagnetically Controlled Assembler Robot Swarm), this system will be used to construct items and materials of interest to the Navy and the DoD. The micro-robots will operate in parallel to maneuver micro-scale components, thereby producing multi-functional materials and devices difficult or impossible to construct using conventional machining methods. Actuation of the untethered micro-robots will be through a combination of controlled electric and magnetic fields while operating within the assembly workspace. Coordination and control of the micro-robots in the swarm will be handled via a purpose-specific desktop computer system. Each micro-robot will have access to micro-tools and will have a set of simple tasks to accomplish with those tools. Each individual"s contribution to the assembly will be minimal, but by coordinating large numbers of micro-robots to work together, complex, smart material systems will be fabricated with unique properties and capabilities.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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