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Content tagged with Industrial Machinery
posted in May 2012
Robots Learn to Pick Up Oddly-Shaped Objects
Blog 
5/29/2012  24 comments
An algorithm inspired by a robot gripper hand can teach any robot how to pick up unfamiliar, oddly-shaped objects.
Auto Composite Production on Fast Track
Engineering Materials 
5/21/2012  9 comments
A consortium formed to fast-track high-volume manufacturing of carbon fiber composites for cars has invented a system for automating their production.
Festo's Robotic ExoHand Provides Strength & Endurance
Product News 
5/10/2012  22 comments
A robotic exoskeleton, worn like a glove, is designed to function as an extension of an individual's hand to provide strength and endurance, or on both a human and an industrial robot arm to assist in assembly.
Dassault Breaks Ground in Mining Market
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/7/2012  4 comments
PLM provider acquires Gemcom 3D geological modeling and simulation software, and builds out the new GEOVIA brand.
Industrial Robotics Gets Open-Source Boost
Engineering Materials 
5/2/2012  16 comments
Cross-platform, open-source development software is coming to industrial robots.




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