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Intelligent Robots – the new colleagues made in Dresden

Robots are part of everyday life in business, medicine and agriculture. They are revolutionising industrial manufacturing, and advancing automation and digitisation at SMEs and major corporate groups worldwide. Scientists and innovative startups in Dresden are working on solutions to global robotics challenges.

Robots are able to assist people in need of care, revolutionize industrial manufacturing processes or facilitate harvesting processes. They are used in more and more areas of life and work. It is of no surprise that demand for robotic solutions is growing worldwide; the industry is booming. At the high-tech location of Dresden, renowned scientists and globally active companies are pushing the development of the new robot generation at full speed.

At Dresden University of Technology, university of excellence since 2012, new types of flexible materials, manufacturing processes and bionic robot systems inspired by nature are under development. The goal of the international teams of experts is to create adaptable solutions that will improve the co-working among people and robotic colleagues.

Mobile robots for climate-friendly cars

In the future, robots with intelligent gripper systems made of flexible materials could harvest sensitive products such as asparagus or avocados without causing any damage. Another innovation with great potential are mobile injection moulding robots, which enable the small-batch production of lightweight cars that consume less fuel and thus protect the environment.

Another special field of research at TU Dresden is the use of robotics in medicine. The focus lies, amongst others, on intelligent prosthesis components made of materials that adapt even better to their wearer. Another use case are smart therapy devices able to treat diseases such as scoliosis in children. The Else Kröner-Fresenius Center for Digital Health, a cooperation between TU Dresden and non-university partners founded in 2019, promotes research in the field of digital medicine and health.

Human-robot interaction thanks to an intelligent pen

The growing number of high-tech companies is also contributing to the development of Dresden as international center of robotics. Start-ups make use of the expertise of the science location with its large number of non-university research institutions. A prominent example is Wandelbots: With its novel technology, the company enables companies and craftsmen to program robots, even without specialized knowledge.

The principle is simple: The machines learn by the user who draws with a pen the path that the robot is to learn. A software communicates the data transmitted by sensors to a tablet with which the path might be edited if desired. Immediately afterwards, the learned path can be executed by the robot, supporting the user in his work.

A new development centre supports robotics

The spin-off company Revobotik stands for the special innovative strength of Dresden's automation and robotics sector, too. Experts from TU Dresden brought an intelligent process to market that doubles the performance of fast-working industrial robots. In the new Dresden development centre "Schubert Motion", concepts are developed to further improve the movements of robots.

Visitors to the "Industrial IoT Test Bed" can experience what service robots, new mechatronics solutions and autonomous systems could look like in the future. The Industrial 4.0 Model Factory at the Dresden University of Applied Sciences inspires entrepreneurs, future start-ups, scientists and political decision-makers alike.