HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 2/3  >  >>
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Great concept and potential
Ann R. Thryft   9/18/2013 11:38:18 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, jhankwitz, for the enthusiasm and suggestions about how this might be implemented. When you say "managed by a few people" I assume you mean remotely, correct? One open question is just how autonomous the SpiderFab robot will be.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New spaceman is a robot
Ann R. Thryft   9/18/2013 11:35:51 AM
NO RATINGS
Chuck, I had to read that same phrase twice--the mind boggled and it didn't scan the first time. This robot is being developed to build some of the huge space structures many of us have read about.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New spaceman is a robot
Rob Spiegel   9/18/2013 11:34:27 AM
NO RATINGS
I never saw the prequel. I've heard it's very good. There were robotic aspects of the creture in the Alien movies.

jhankwitz
User Rank
Platinum
Great concept and potential
jhankwitz   9/18/2013 11:16:59 AM
NO RATINGS
This is a great idea. Creating a 3D manufacturing plant in space could certainly enable production of components that can't now be launched due to size and structure. Parts currently need to be able to withstand launch vibration and size restrictions. Having a manufacturing plant stabilized with gyros and flywheels, managed by a few people, and powered by sunlight would be a giant step forward.

a.saji
User Rank
Silver
Re: New spaceman is a robot
a.saji   9/18/2013 5:39:00 AM
NO RATINGS
@Murray: Yes it would be absolutely awesome. I feel it wont happen during our lifetime for sure.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New spaceman is a robot
Charles Murray   9/17/2013 6:19:08 PM
NO RATINGS
One phrase in this story jumped out at me: "kilometer-scale systems." If you imagine a 1-km structure here on earth, it's mind-bloggling. I wonder how long it would take to build kilometer-scale systems with 3D printers.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: How does it stabilize itself?
Ann R. Thryft   9/17/2013 1:37:01 PM
NO RATINGS
Great questions, 78RPM. How the robot navigates and stabilizes itself was not described anywhere. I suspect that may not have been worked out yet, or that it's related to how the Tresselator functions. Such problems have already been worked out for the (attached-to-the-ISS) Canadarm, which we've written about here: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=267732

What are your ideas?

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: New spaceman is a robot
Ann R. Thryft   9/17/2013 1:29:30 PM
NO RATINGS
Rob, interesting idea that the Alien was a robot. According to the prequel, Prometheus, the answer to that appears to be "no."

78RPM
User Rank
Platinum
How does it stabilize itself?
78RPM   9/17/2013 1:15:21 PM
NO RATINGS
It would seem like the movement of the arms would create torque that would rotate or move the robot relative to the part it's printing. How does it stabilize itself when printing and fastening those thin parts? Does it have anything like jet packs? Does it have flywheels like an image-steady camera lens?

78RPM
User Rank
Platinum
Re: New spaceman is a robot
78RPM   9/17/2013 1:02:50 PM
NO RATINGS
How does the robot keep from drifting away into space? How does it get back to its supply station to get more material? Does it have to walk back on the web it has created?

<<  <  Page 2/3  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
A San Francisco startup called Otto came out of stealth mode recently and released a dramatic video demonstrating its successful test of a technology for self-driving trucks.
Researchers have found a way to use graphene to cheaply and easily turn dirty water into drinking water.
A new 1-GHz vector signal transceiver promises to offer expanded test capabilities for engineers involved in applications ranging from automotive and aerospace to semiconductors and defense.
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have devised a new method for designing strong, light cellular structures of re-architected metals and plastics with optimized properties.
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
More:Blogs|News
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 11 - 15, Embedded System Design Techniques™ - Debugging Real-time Embedded Software – Hands on
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service