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A collaborative project to develop new human-robot solutions for industrial manufacturing.

Symplexity: 'Symbiotic Human-Robot Solutions for Complex Finishing Operations'

The future of work involves automation and augmentation. They say that robots are coming to take our jobs. At Autodesk, we are hoping to help create new industries to mitigate the negative effects of the changing work environment.

The objective for Symplexity is to research and improve how humans and robots collaborate, specifically in the action of polishing. Polishing is a largely manual and time-consuming process, often inaccurate when assessing the amount and duration of pressure applied to different areas of large surfaces. 

Manufacturing applications that produce mold tool parts for injection moldings such as car bumpers, grills, engine components, phone cases, etc. rely on human skills for surface finishing. 

The consortium of 15 partners, universities, end-users, integrators and polishing experts have come together to develop a solution that will free people from repetitive, labor-intensive work and shift their skills to become more productive in smart factory of the future.  

The Symplexity project provides an excellent opportunity for Autodesk to combine robotics, polishing and digital inspection to provide increased productivity, reduced repetitive strain injuries and improve human focus on higher value tasks.



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The SYMPLEXITY project is funded by the European Commission as part of the program H2020-EU.2.1.5.



Augmented Metrology

Metrology frame-work based on non-contact metrology for in-machine control of Laser- and robot polishing. Mixed reality hardware devices support the process for fast defect feedback. 


Smart Technology

Improving visibility of machine output will lead to greater decision making capabilities, product development efficiencies and reducing time to market. 



Automated robotic solutions for grinding, polishing, deburring, and more simply work continuously and reliably to produce the maximum number of precisely finished parts. 


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