Robotics Factory provides 5 startups to its residency pilot cohort


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The Robotics Factory is devoted to creating, accelerating, and scaling Pittsburgh-area startups. | Source: Robotics Factory

The Robotics Factory has accepted 5 firms to its Scale Residency program. The Innovation Works and Pittsburgh Robotics Network initiative is devoted to creating, accelerating, and scaling robotics firms within the Pittsburgh area.

ESTAT Actuation, KEF Robotics, Thiopoly, Thorne Baby, and Piximo make up the group‘s first residency cohort. The Robotics Factory will present these 5 firms with one yr of entry to its amenities within the Tech Forge constructing in Lawrenceville, Pa., a part of “Robotics Row.”

“The Scale program helps these companies grow from concept to commercialization,” acknowledged Kevin Dowling, managing director of the Robotics Factory. “Our staff of engineers and entrepreneurs offers guidance to these budding startups, all of which have found a fit in their respective markets and further solidify this region as a global robotics hub.”

In addition to the Robotics Factory’s amenities, the group will present hands-on assist, entry to cutting-edge instruments, grant funding, connections to native producers, and academic assets to assist speedy prototyping and manufacturing. Pittsburgh is dwelling to greater than 100 robotics firms, so the contributors could have entry to a variety of native assets, famous the group.

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Meet the Start program’s pilot initiatives

The Robotics Factory’s pilot cohort of the Scale program covers a variety of capabilities. ESTAT Actuation creates electro-adhesive clutches and brakes that it stated are 10 instances lighter, 10 instances extra compact, and 1,000 instances extra environment friendly than typical {hardware}. The firm spun out from Carnegie Mellon University in 2019.

KEF Robotics, the second startup in this system, offers state-of-the-art autonomy software program to fly pilotless plane. Founded in 2018, the pc imaginative and prescient firm stated its algorithms use cameras to make sure autonomous flights throughout numerous platforms.

Next, Thorne Baby produces a play yard that opens robotically with no meeting required. The firm created its product for simple in-home mobility and on-the-go portability.

Thiopoly develops an correct bodily library of medicines to make sure extremely correct dishing out methods. Finally, Piximo constructs cellular minimarts operated by distant drivers and offers manufacturing scalability.

While within the residency program, firm workers can get coaching in designing merchandise for manufacturability by creating purposeful prototypes. The Robotics Factory will join them with appropriate producers within the Pittsburgh area, enabling them to broaden their provide chains and improve manufacturing scalability.

The Scale residency program is funded by way of a $63 million Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant awarded to the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative. The Robotics Factory additionally runs the Accelerate program, which goals to foster the subsequent technology of robotics startups in Pittsburgh. 


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