Current processes rely on manual labor, this team seeks a robotic solution that will lower costs, reduce the time spent, and better empower U.S. manufacturers.

Project

Current composite layup processes are manual, costly, time-consuming, and suffer from inconsistencies. This project team is working to develop a hybrid cell that will facilitate better human-robotic collaboration in the composite layup process. This is expected to reduce touch labor during the layup process, reduce debulking steps, and increase throughput.

Objective

Current processes rely on manual labor; this project seeks to catalyze a solution that will lower costs, reduce the amount of manual labor needed, and reduce the time spent.

Technical Approach

The team will focus on advances in perception, planning, and control to enable robotic cells in the composite layup process.

Participants

Lead: University of Southern California Partners: Lockheed Martin, Southwest Research Institute