If you told your elementary-school self that robots would be helping in restaurants, fetching beverages from your kitchen, or filling your prescriptions, you would be pretty excited. And rightfully so–robotics has come a long way, going from the stuff of kid fantasies to just a part of everyday life. Robots are everywhere, and they’re becoming more and more accessible every day.
With newfound accessibility comes newfound responsibility, however, and the real challenge of today is to transition robots from a mere novelty into a meaningful evolution of the way we do business. This democratization of robotics holds the potential to revolutionize countless aspects of our lives; in ways, we can’t even yet imagine.
Robotics is increasingly being democratized – meaning that more and more “ordinary” people are finding themselves interacting with robots in everyday life, and more people than ever before have the opportunity to work with robotics themselves. Robotics companies are working hard to ensure that everyone who dreams of working with robotics (from the tinkering hobbyist to the massive engineering company) can do so. No matter your lot in life, robotics can find its way into it, if you’re so inclined.
Robots in Large-Scale Manufacturing
While robots have played a role in manufacturing for some time, more robotics means more (and more significant) change. Robots do not have the limitations of human workers, including the need for breaks, human error, and aversion to dangerous situations. Instead, robots can work efficiently with less potential for failure, giving humans time to do more highly skilled work.
Easier-access robots also lead to reduced costs for companies and then reduced costs for consumers (especially if the robots are easily repaired). This leads to safer environments for human employees, who are now working alongside robots in a streamlined, efficient, dependable environment.
Furthermore, robotics in manufacturing means more specialized products at a faster, cheaper, more accurate, high-volume rate. The ubiquity of robotics certainly helps big manufacturing companies, but it helps everyone else, as well.
Accessible Tools for the Average Consumer
Companies like Modbot are providing modular robotics kits that allow anyone to build agile machines at an affordable cost. Their plug-and-play modules are easy to configure and reconfigure, which gives ample opportunity to companies and to regular consumers. Using Fusion 360 for the development of a modular platform makes things even more accessible, especially for students who can receive a free license and almost limitless support.
Competition and innovation go hand-in-hand for this industry: more innovators end up working together to change the face of manufacturing. This rising tide of democratized robotics has, indeed, lifted all ships.
Fusion 360: Enabling Creativity and Resourcefulness
Democratizing robots really enables human creativity. By providing a means for creating new products at a price and level that makes innovation readily available, accessible robotics encourages people to think more broadly. When more robots are involved in manufacturing, humans get freed up to put their efforts toward strictly human pursuits–inventing and adjusting in ways that artificially intelligent machines are unable to.
When provided well-supported tools that are ready for inventors at all levels, the best of human ingenuity shows up. Anyone with an idea and a computer can truly change the world: check out Fusion 360 and Modbot to see where your passion takes you.
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