MIT Assembler Robots Build Anything
Building the world’s largest Xbox Series X requires a lot of work to say the least, but MIT has developed assembler robots that could make the job easier in the future. This fully autonomous. self-replicating robot assembly system will eventually be capable of assembling larger structures as well as planning the best construction sequence.



The current prototype consists of large, usable structures built from an array of tiny identical subunits, called voxels. Unlike previous voxels, which were purely mechanical structural pieces, these are far more complex, with the ability to carry both power and data from one unit to the next. This functionality allows for the building of structures that can not only bear loads, but also carry out work, like lifting, moving as well as manipulating materials.

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MIT Assembler Robots Build Anything

This paper examines a critical area of reconfigurable systems: how to quickly scale up a robotic workforce and use it to efficiently assemble materials into a desired structure. … This is the first work I’ve seen that attacks the problem from a radically new perspective — using a raw set of robot parts to build a suite of robots whose sizes are optimized to build the desired structure (and other robots) as fast as possible,” said Aaron Becker, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston.

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