8/19/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Transcend Robotics Partners with ORNL to Leverage AM for Robotic Mobility

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The partnership intends to lower the barrier of entry for adopting mobile robotics.

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Transcend Robotics has announced a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Transcend Robotics and ORNL will work together to develop and demonstrate the impact that additive manufacturing can have on both direct part substitution and tooling for mobile robotics systems. This project will enable Transcend Robotics to benefit from the expertise and experience of the ORNL team to leverage additive manufacturing to improve performance and reduce the cost per platform, effectively lowering the barrier of entry for adopting advanced mobile robotic technology.

"This partnership with Oak Ridge National Lab validates the unique proposition value of the Articulated Traction Control (ARTI) technology and its potential to transform the world of robotics mobility through innovative obstacle traversal and stair-climbing," says Phil Walker, CEO of Transcend Robotics. "We are excited to work with the leading experts at ORNL to leverage advanced additive manufacturing to lower the cost of critical ARTI components. This enables applications of mobile robotics across more industries while keeping production in the United States."

"Oak Ridge National Lab is excited to work with innovative new startup companies such as Transcend Robotics," says Lonnie Love, group leader of manufacturing systems research at ORNL. "This research fits squarely with ORNL's goal of delivering transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security."

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