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Desktop Metal Acquires Adaptive3D, Adding Elastomer Capabilities to Materials Portfolio
Adaptive3D said its printed elastomer technology complements Desktop Metal's Xtreme 8K mass-production printers for high-speed, high-volume production of cost-effective parts.

Universal Robots Increases UR10e Cobot Payload by 25%
Universal Robots has increased the capacity of its UR10e cobot arm to 12.5kg (27.5 lb.), opening up potential applications in palletizing, machine tending, and packaging.

TRINAMIC Says New Servo Controller/Driver Module Provides Quicker Throughput, Cuts Power Loss by 75%
The single-axis controller/driver module for two-phase bipolar stepper motors integrates motion control to speed transfer time, reduce solution size, and save energy, according to Trinamic.

Ondas Holdings to Acquire Drone BVLOS Pioneer American Robotics for $70.6M
American Robotics, which is the first company to receive FAA approval for automated BVLOS flights, will join Ondas' mission-critical networking and data technologies.

Bright Machines to Raise $435M in SPAC Merger Toward Industrial Automation IPO
Bright Machines, which plans to expand thanks to its SPAC merger, said its a modular, software-defined approach provides manufacturers with scalability and easy deployment for flexible automation.

Kurt Workholding Releases RV36 Quick-Change Robotic Gripper
Kurt Workholding's new RV36 Gripper is designed to saves space and money and improve efficiency with quick-change, customizable jaws and custom accessories.

Robots Rise to Help Humans in Metalworking
The shortage of skilled welders can be mitigated by adopting robots for tasks that can still be supervised by humans.

Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas, Phantom Auto Partner to Scale Up Remote Operations of Unmanned Forklifts
Phantom Auto is integrating its vehicle-agnostic tele-operations software with Mitsubishi Logisnext America's UniCarriers and Mitsubishi-branded lifts.

FANUC America Adds to SCARA Robot Line for Manufacturers
FANUC America has added SCARA robots to its product line, including models with compact profiles, environmental resistance, high payload capacity, and other features.

Robotic Vacuum Impregnation Can Reduce Costs and Waste, Says Ultraseal International
Automotive manufacturers can benefit from automation to seal porous metal parts, minimize scrappage, improve sustainability, and reduce costs, says Ultraseal International.

Robotics and AI Pioneer Ayanna Howard Named 2021-2022 ACM Athena Lecturer
Ayanna Howard, the 2021-2022 Association for Computing Machinery Athena Lecturer, discusses her career, diversity efforts, and hope for the future in engineering.

Nordex Obtains AS9100D Aerospace Quality Management Certification for Electromechanical Components
Nordex, a U.S.-based power-transmission manufacturer, said its gears and electromechanical parts now meet demanding aerospace requirements.

READY Robotics Releases Forge/OS 5 Open Platform for Controlling Robots and Peripherals
Forge/OS 5 is designed to enable manufacturers to intuitively program more than 250 different robot models and thousands of peripherals.

RTI Connext 6.1 Updated to Ease Development, Deployment of Remotely Operated Systems
In addition to its support for complex networking environments, new features in Connext 6.1 facilitate the development of any large-scale and heterogeneous distributed system. 

ARM Institute Launches Fellowship to Support AI in Metals and Manufacturing for Defense Suppliers
The U.S. Department of Defense is sponsoring several organizations that are collaborating to assist small and midsize manufacturers through the use of computer vision and robotics.

Pony.ai and Luminar Technologies Partner on Sensors for Robotaxi Testing in Five Cities
Pony.ai said its partnership with Luminar for 360-degree lidar sensing will enable it to expand its robotaxi testing globally.

Oculii Offers AI-Powered 4D Radar for Autonomous Vehicle Guidance, Raises $55M Series B Funding
Oculii, which has developed AI software for radar perception, has raised Series B funding as it launches two products intended to help autonomous systems navigate.

Chinese Mobile Robot Startup Youibot Raises $15.5M, Led by SoftBank Ventures Asia
Youibot, whose "end-to-end" set of mobile robots and software offerings serve the manufacturing, power, and logistics industries, plans to continue global growth.

FANUC America Adds 10 Model Variations to LR Mate Tabletop Robot Series
FANUC Americas has updated its LR Mate tabletop robot line with 10 model variations, including for cleanroom and food-safe environments.

First-Quarter 2021 Robot Sales Increase 20% Over Q1 2020, Reports A3
The Association for Advancing Automation said that non-automotive purchases of robots in Q1 2021 were the second-best ever.



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