Miniature Electromagnetically Controlled Assembler Robot Swarm: MECA-BOTS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$499,954.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-12-C-0560
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-037-0337
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T037
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
082191198
Principal Investigator
 Steven Floyd
 Staff Engineer
 (703) 413-0290
 sfloyd@arete.com
Business Contact
 Doug DeProspo
Title: Vice President
Phone: (703) 413-0290
Email: contracts@arete.com
Research Institution
 Carnegie Mellon Unniversity
 Metin Sitti
 5000 Forbes Avenue
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. By the end of the Phase II base, two dimensional assemblies are envisioned with full three-dimensional fabrication capabilities achieved after the option tasks have been completed.

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