A magnetic-field-assisted milli-scale robotic assembly machine: An approach to parallel robotic automation systems

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Abstract

Utilizing large numbers of microrobots to heterogeneously integrate small devices to build advanced structures has long been a goal in the field of manufacturing automation. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel milli-scale robotic assembly machine with highly parallel capabilities and assisted with a programmable magnetic field. The prototype machine consists of a 16 × 16 array of electromagnets. Using this machine, we have successfully demonstrated the manipulation of up to nine milli-scale robots simultaneously. Moreover, two microrobots have been operated to demonstrate the proof of concept of two simultaneous pick-and-place light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The design and modeling of the microrobots is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number144
JournalMicromachines
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 23 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Keywords

  • Assembly machine
  • Magnetic field
  • Milli-tweezer
  • Parallel
  • Swarm robotic systems

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