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Top 5 Terrifyingly Fast Robots

5. Micromouse NTF

Micromouse is an international robotics competition where entrants are tasked with autonomously solving a 16x16 maze. Pictured here is a bot navigating the maze after it has already determined the shortest route.

Made by a japanese guy who may or may not also be a robot.

Video (worth viewing for the reaction noise alone)


4. Adept Cobra SCARA

SCARA is an acronym that refers to robot arms with this particular joint configuration.

Adept claims this is the fastest machine of this type in the world, and is out to prove it by moving balls around.

Video (I especially like when the robot fights for it's freedom at the end)


3. Shinkawa UTC-3000 Wire Bonder

Not to be out done in the ball-moving department, Shinkawa has repurposed one of their wire bonding machines for this demo.

Normally this machine is used to attach the chip leads to the actual die inside of an IC package.

This seems to be the fastest robot on the list but it is quite small, the working area is maybe 6 inches across. That cuts down on the terror.

Video


2. ABB FlexPicker

The delta configuration of the FlexPicker gives it very fast x/y/z movement with only 3 actuators. Ideal for picking stuff up and looking like a creepy spider. They're made as drop in replacements for human workers, which is why sometimes they look like they're wasting time or outright destroying merchandise.

Note that they are placed inside of a special cage because if you were to enter the operational area you would be killed.

Video


1. Fuji CP-643 Chip Shooter
Why pick-and-place your surface-mount devices when you can load them up into an SMD gatling gun?

Q: How many cph (components per hour)?
A: 40,000 CPH
Q: Does that mean it can place a component in < 0.1 seconds?
A: Yes

Video

Did you watch the video? Ok, now go back and watch it again, because you missed the part where the board moved ~1.5 feet in less than 1/30th of a second at 0:19.


Bow before your robot overlords.


Comments
just some fucking guy (IP: 78.45.143.246) 2012-09-16 06:50:54
Impressive.
Speaking of machine overlords. Any chance you could produce another Mass Effect comics? maybe? some day? not ending related?
Clix (IP: 72.49.231.80) 2012-09-18 19:49:51
That's kinda scary...
Pecon7 (IP: 71.116.81.197) 2012-09-23 00:06:07
BEEP BOOP
I AM A ROBOT
I AM HERE TO TAKE AMERICAN JOBS
BOOP BEEP
MrLoL (IP: 2.3.220.179) 2012-10-01 05:44:58
Creepy...
IronMelon (IP: 84.62.2.247) 2012-10-07 06:30:50
I for one,Welcome our new robot overlords.
TheResonte (IP: 199.115.95.158) 2013-01-25 20:35:23
ALL HAIL ROBOT OVERLORDS
Hyaku (IP: 107.9.13.232) 2013-04-21 11:32:17
The gasp in the first video was the best of all the videos
XD
Creepa (IP: 137.186.238.43) 2013-05-15 08:43:47
Flexpicker should be 5. It's a lot slower.
Badspot (IP: 76.115.144.244) 2013-05-16 16:02:08
>Flexpicker should be 5. It's a lot slower.

Scale and spidery-ness make up for speed.
Gen Skylord (IP: 70.138.150.129) 2013-07-10 10:14:48
The "Shinkawa UTC-3000 Wire Bonder" is the fastest operating robot in my opinion.
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