Miniature Electromagnetically Controlled Assembler Robot Swarm: MECA-BOTS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0274
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-037-0337
Amount: $149,930.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T037
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, -
DUNS: 082191198
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Floyd
 Staff Engineer
 (703) 413-0290
 sfloyd@arete.com
Business Contact
 Douglas DeProspo
Title: Vice President
Phone: (703) 413-0290
Email: contracts@arete.com
Research Institution
 Carnegie Mellon University
 Metin Sitti
 5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA, 15213-
 (412) 268-3632
 Nonprofit college or university
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.

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