I constantly come across “tricky tricks” performed by industrial robots, and many of them are as interesting as watching paint dry. ABB Robotics’ newest trick is literally this, and somehow it captivates the unspeakable. The industrial giant has released a video of its robot drawing an art car. Of course, this is flexibility for the accuracy and flexibility of robotics products, but just look at thisit’s unusual.
For this PR stunt, the company partnered with an eight-year-old Indian prodigy. Advait Kolarkar and Dubai-based digital design team Illusorr to create the world’s first robot-painted art car. The project showcases the company’s PixelPaint technology, which is an inkjet printer with 1,000 nozzles mounted on an industrial robot.
There’s a lot of marketing nonsense involved with this, and I could write about it, but I just won’t. Instead, watch this mini-documentary produced by the company. Three minutes wasted.
ABB’s ultimate goal is for PixelPaint to make production greener by eliminating the need for masking materials and additional ventilation, which in turn the company offers reduces emissions while saving water and energy. The paint head follows very close to the car, ensuring that all the paint gets on the car itself and not sprayed all over the place. Different colors of paint are applied quickly, and the object to be painted passes through the paint shop only once. ABB claims this can halve production time and cut costs by up to 60%.
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