The LaserFactory is a cross between a 3D printer and an assembly machine. The device has been developed for the mass production of drones and simple robots.
So far, the facility can only create devices with a 2D base. A drawing is outlined on a plastic sheet, where the finished parts are placed. They are then linked by tracks made from a silver-based alloy. The alloy is soldered, after being laser etched. The machine cuts out other components for the device from plastic, connects them, and makes one structure.
The extremely high operational speed enables the device to produce many simple appliances in a short amount of time. In the foreseeable future, engineers plan to adapt the LaserFactory to manufacture more complex machines. To do this, they will have to ‘teach’ the assembly machine to work with 3D devices and more sophisticated layouts.
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