RP1: Hardware & System Design

The future mechatronic system will be lightweight, with extreme accuracy and ultra-efficient actuators, and point-of-interest sensing. Design rules are used to conceive system designs for new applications using additive manufacturing as a standard tool. Technology for high precision and high-efficiency design applies to other emerging fields such as medical robotics and vision-based feedback-controlled systems.

Technological items:

  • Dynamic architecture (Active damping; Design of system impedances; Vibration isolation);
  • Mechanical architecture (design for rigidity; kinematics; robotic architecture; medical robots);
  • Metrology and sensing (Substrate oriented measurement systems; Low-noise amplifiers; Photonic sensors; Innovative metrology concepts; Sensor fusion; Real-time acoustic sensors);
  • Advanced actuator design (High force density; Alternate actuator concepts; Magnetic levitation & next-generation planar motors; Ultra-high-power amplifiers; Commutation design and compensation);
  • Smart structures and materials (3D printing / combined materials; Controlled optical surfaces);
  • Vision systems and vision feedback (Novel camera systems; point clouds; Structured lighting solutions; Structuring environments);
  • Advanced 3D printing (material/metal flow process; architecture for precision, learning control; limits of performance; cost of ownership).