Manufacturing/Robotics/Automation

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Ascend Manufacturing has invented the 3D printing technology of the future. Developed under a Nation Science Foundation grant and being perfected with world experts in 3D printing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, our patent pending technology has so many industry disrupting advantages over existing technologies that puts us light years ahead of everything else on the market. Our technology, called Large Area Projection Sintering (LAPS), allows a user to create a single part or hundreds of thousands of parts in a single day all from a single low-cost machine. LAPS is the only 3D printing technology which fuses and forms a 3D part with an industrial closed loop control process – meaning every part has high repeatability and reliability.

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The metal additive manufacturing industry is advancing rapidly as a manufacturing process. It is over a $1B market and forecast to be nearly $10B within 8 years. There are massive benefits such as avoiding tooling costs, quicker turn around, and permitting designs of more complicated shapes. The market would likely be even greater except there are several major issues. Some of the biggest pain points are as follows:

1) Costly equipment and raw materials makes additive unaffordable for much of mass manufacturing.
2) The printing processes (micro-welding or sintering) can adversely impact material properties such as strength, fatigue, and corrosion resistance.
3) Porosity and voids can be difficult to predict or control and can cause failures.
4) There is ...

A Digital Multi-Meter (DMM) is a test tool used to measure two or more electrical values principally voltage (volts), current (amps) and resistance (ohms). It is a standard diagnostic tool for technicians in the electrical/electronic industries. Digital multi-meters long ago replaced needle-based analog meters due to their ability to measure with greater accuracy, reliability and increased impedance. Though it is called Digital, it includes manual work like setting the knob to a specific parameter and to a specific range. This manual setting is tedious job at the field location. The goal of this project is to develop a model that leads to saving time, money and reducing the risks associated with remote field localities. This project mainly includes the ...

Automated Painting of Murals on the Exterior of Large Buildings

THE PROBLEM
a. Updating the exterior of large buildings requires labor intensive maintenance.
b. Painting extremely tall murals is dangerous and beyond the skills of many artists and painters.

THE SOLUTION
Automate the painting process by scaling-up inkjet printer technology
a) Design and build a large 4-head paint sprayer for the colors: red, yellow, blue, and black.
b) Erect scaffolding and motorized horizontal and vertical gantries near the face of the building.
c) Attach 4-head paint sprayer to horizontal gantry.
d) Securely attach required volume of paint (e.g. 55-gallon drums of red, yellow, blue, and black) to the vertical gantry.
e) Download desired image to the paint-head controller.
f) Begin the automated painting process.

THE PROCESS
1) Take a picture of the ...

This project is about an automated sediment collection for a dam that is one of the biggest challenges of hydropower enegineering. The main problems that are shown on a dam concerning sediment are that it is very difficult to manage sediments once they are at a low level. This is because sediments have high weight and they are bulky to manage. The first problem is how do you remove them in the first place. This can be solved by installing an artificial bed in the bed of the underwater ground which is connected to a cable that is attached to an automated crane. When a sensor detects weight change it automatically starts and the strings attached to a pully ...

High-resolution imaging is an important tool for the visual characterization and analysis of a vast range of samples. Scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) are the workhorse of high-resolution imaging across multiple different industries, as it allows for visualization of micro/nanoscale features with a high depth of focus. However, the cost of a typical SEM system can exceed tens of thousands of dollars, restricting its use as a routine analysis tool. Other limitations such as the need for ultrahigh vacuum and specialized training/infrastructure further limit the widespread deployment of electron-enabled imaging, with most industries either outsourcing SEM time, or using a combination of less powerful optical and spectroscopic techniques. Therefore, there exists a need for a low-cost electron imaging tool that ...

This system uses Machine Learning to classify bank notes. Trained on self-taken images of up to 7,000 taken under different various conditions of the environment and money conditions such as wet, crunched and dirty notes. it currently has only been trained and tested on Malawian bank notes. The system is continuously trained and tested for improvements.

Using computer vision, it gets an image of a bank note and starts to look for the specific features that make that money unique. it then cleans the image data and feeds it to the frozen convolution neural network model that spits out a result. The result is an array of labels which in our case are names of the various bank notes ...

Record-breaking amount of Sargassum is in the Caribbean resulting in the largest problem ever. The major problem it has brought are it piles up on beaches, sometimes many feet thick and begins to decay. The hydrogen sulphide that gets released smells like rotting eggs and many resorts had to close their doors. Since the species are Sargassum natans and Sargassum fluitans float they block sunlight creating a dead zone beneath them because plants under need sunlight to survive and the clean-up and removal of sargassum is an expensive task. This project proposes a new way to solve this problem. The best solution is a long term solution but the Caribbean economy depends upon tourism so it needs a quick ...

As manufacturing continues to expand and evolve, solutions to be smarter, more flexible, and increase productivity are required. CNC machine shop manufacturing facilities have a limited amount of floor space. With machining centers, materials, tooling, automation, finished product, chips/waste, inventory, inspection equipment, packing/shipping, material moving vehicles, personnel and others consuming the shop floor, solutions need to be explored. As automation, lights out operation is becoming necessary to keep up with demand and deliver the greatest return, making use of all available space is the next focus.

The concept is to elevate the automation, material stock, loading/unloading, finished part placement and delivery to inspection processes. Moving these to the space over and above the machinery. By applying technology, design the ...

Bottles of water and aluminum/paper cans are inserted into the machine, shredded by blades and collected in a local area to be used later for recycling. The raw material is made up of bottles and cans in the streets and houses and trash cans. This machine consists of two parts: mechanical and electrical, the main focus of this project is on the mechanical part. Due to the dimensions of the cutting (2*2 cm in size and adjustable to different dimensions with roasting or square forms), which, in addition to easier transportation of crushed material, occupy less volume and result in increased quality of recycling.

Low noise and safety when using and also can use solar energy as a power ...

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