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The Bionic Handling Assistant: A success story of additive manufacturing

: Grzesiak, Andrzej; Becker, Ralf; Verl, Alexander


Assembly automation 31 (2011), No.4, pp.329-333
ISSN: 0144-5154
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPA ()
industrial robot; gripper; rapid prototyping; additive manufacturing; assembly; handling; Man-machine interface; design for Manufacturing

Purpose - This review will describe the development of the Bionic Handling Assistant as well as the additive manufacturing (AM) process of robot grippers and its possibilities. Design/methodology/approach - AM offers the chance to use the additive processes to produce highly flexible automation parts and systems as the Bionic Handling Assistant in small and medium quantities that can utilize a lot of design advantages provided by the process. Findings - A lot of products of today and especially tomorrow could be produced by rapid manufacturing. New categories of products, such as the Bionic Handling Assistant, will occur. Originality/value - In the paper, aspects of a visionary scenario for future productions are shown and demonstrated on the Bionic Handling Assistant.