Prototyping/Manufacturing Parts Differences


Determine the differences between prototyping or manufacturing robotics products versus consumer products. The information will be used to expand a consumer products prototyping platform into the robotics parts space.

Early Findings

Protyping/Manufacturing: Robotic Products Overview

  • Robotics prototyping involves addressing system complexities associated with intricate robotic designs.
  • When prototyping robotic parts, it is recommended to avoid continuously optimizing the costs for every part as this can prolong the completion of the products.
  • It is recommended to integrate a reconfigurable I/O into the system to truly demonstrate functionality.
  • Robotic prototypes also need parts that can be designed for reuse to allow for fast transition to subsequent models based on continuous feedback.

Proposed next steps:

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As our initial research only provided some insights into the robotic prototyping processes, we propose continuing the research to provide the quantifiable measures and differences between robotic and consumer product prototyping with regard to the following: 1)the number of parts per product (and associated compound risk effects) and the diversity of parts per product; 2)the number of products produced (per stage, per year, or total lifetime), the required precision of parts, and the complexity of individual parts; and (3)the number of design iterations per part (fewer for simpler, over-engineered parts, related to the risk effects above) as this can indicate the more significant quantitative attributes. We will provide these differences as seen in the following fields: industrial, medical, autonomous, and other areas.
We also recommend continuing the research to provide the user demographics of consumer products and the user demographics of robotics products. We will provide the age, gender, location (urban or rural), income level, educational level, marital status, and ethnicity of typical visitors of the county. We will then provide an analysis of the differences between these user group demographics.
We also propose conducting additional research to provide any 4-6 of the top consumer products companies and 4-6 of the top robotic products firms. For each of these companies, we will then provide a competitive analysis that includes a 2-3 sentence overview, list of relevant offerings, competitive advantage, target market, type or stage of the companies, and any manufacturing process difference (consumer products versus robotic products).