Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) adds Intro to Robotics class for Spring 2020. Course number MT 2096 is a semester-long for-credit class that introduces students to robotic automation. This course is taught by CNM Professor James Berry in partnership with Build With Robots. Curriculum includes robotics basics, controls and sensor I/O, robot programming, object detection, mobility, and industrial IoT. Hands-on applications include robotic machine tending, sanding and welding.
Build With Robots has helped launch PaintingBots, a startup focused on revolutionizing the way we paint. The world is changing. Painting is changing, and PaintingBots is leading that change. PaintingBots will change the way we paint by offering a cleaner, more efficient and higher quality painting solution. PaintingBots is founded by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs who are building a world-leading company to improve the painting industry through the use of data and automation.
Chris Ziomek, founder of Build With Robots, joins the NM Entrepreneurs Club for the inaugural episode of their podcast series. Learn more about the future of robotics, the founding story behind Build With Robots, and the company’s ambitious goals. The NM Entrepreneurs Club podcast series features innovative, dynamic personalities and industry leaders from our great state. From high technology to master coffee roasters, this podcast shares the best of the Land of Enchantment! Listen here.
Albuquerque Isotopes Science Night is on Friday Aug. 9, 2019. Come see the Isotopes play the San Antonio Missions, and tour various science exhibits throughout Isotopes Park. Build With Robots will hold a family-friendly robot baseball throwing contest. Join the fun and come play with our baseball throwing collaborative robot. Reserved Level tickets are available at a reduced price of $9 when using the promo code FAMILY online or at the Isotopes Park Box Office. More information is available here.
Read about the opportunity in automation — for businesses and workers — described by New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM-MEP). Two years ago, NM-MEP teamed up with Build With Robots (BWR) to offer CoBot seminars and hands-on CoBot application demonstrations.Today, NM-MEP and BWR continue to work together to build New Mexico’s manufacturing sector, helping companies transition to advanced automation. Continue reading …
Join us as we discuss and explore the future of work. Futurists estimate that up to 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet*. This Future of Work community event is hosted by Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). Learn how you and your company can prepare for the work opportunities of the future.
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Peter Bishop, will discuss ideas on the future of work. Peter Bishop is founder and Executive Director of Teach the Future. He led the University of Houston Master’s in Foresight program for 30 years and is the author of Teaching About the Future.
After the event, refreshments will be provided with an opportunity for networking and further discussion. Build With Robots is an event sponsor and will be demonstrating our coffee-serving bot.
The event will be held on CNM Main Campus on Thursday February 7, 2019 at 3:30 pm.
Seating is limited, so purchase your ticket here!
*from the Robot Ready Report
Kane Robotics Inc. announced that it has selected Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the company’s new headquarters. Kane will hire and train workers in Albuquerque to develop robotic systems that finish aerospace structures using technology developed in partnership with Build With Robots (BWR). Kane Robotics is a spinoff of Kane Aerospace, which is located in Chino, California. The company is planning to hire 20 new employees in the next two years to do design, manufacturing and testing.
Since 1958 Kane has provided manufacturing support to top-tier manufacturers in the aerospace and defense industry and was an early adopter of automated processes, said John Spruce, CEO of Kane Aerospace.
“We were looking for a way to further automate repetitive processes and BWR was able to offer us new technology that will reduce the time it takes our customers to finish products, increase productivity, and decrease waste,” Spruce said. “I’ve built and grown a company before in Albuquerque and I know it will be the ideal spot for Kane Robotics thanks to its technical workforce. I’ve used JTIP (Job Training Incentive Program) funds before, and I expect to do the same with Kane Robotics.”
Spruce was CEO of Mechtronic Solutions, Inc., an engineering and manufacturing firm, in Albuquerque that he sold in 2010. He acquired Kane in 2016 and has been growing that company’s customer base by adding automation to its aerospace services, which include tool refurbishing, fastener recovery, and light assembly.
Build With Robots is an Albuquerque company that develops industry-specific solutions using CoBots, or collaborative robots, that help humans work more efficiently. The company is located within the Central New Mexico Community College FUSE Makerspace in Downtown Albuquerque where it showcases automation and robotic solutions.
“Our robots use the latest-generation technology to enhance productivity. We’ll partner with Kane to produce robots that will do the dirty and dangerous tasks, freeing up the humans to be more productive,” said Chris Ziomek, CEO of BWR. “Our robots will do sanding, drilling and cutting that is dangerous, dirty and monotonous for people.”
Each fall, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM-MEP) sponsors Manufacturing Day for New Mexico manufacturers to showcase their operations. At this year’s Manufacturing Day event, Build With Robots hosted tours at CNM-Ingenuity’s FUSE Makerspace that included robotic welding. On that day, Andrew Vanis of Super Vanagon was at FUSE to work on a welding fabrication project. Super Vanagon makes a custom mirror kit for the now vintage Volkswagen Vanagon model years 1982-1992. This kit solves the “floppy mirror” problem associated with this model of Volkswagen. On that day, Andrew planned to start MIG welding a total of 160 mirror brackets (80 pairs), a project that would take him many days.
Andrew was in luck – his project offered a perfect demo for NM-MEP’s Manufacturing Day. So, Build With Robots partnered with Andrew to launch an automated welding project for his brackets. This transformed a couple days of manual welding into a couple hours of robot welding. Within only a few hours, one of the CNM-Ingenuity welding instructors at FUSE trained Andrew in the setup and use of the robotic welder. Andrew had pre-built a simple fixture to orient the stock metal pieces properly for welding. This fixture is needed for both manual or robotic welding to orient the two plates correctly.
Next, Andrew experimented with the adjustment and fine tuning of welding parameters to optimize the bead and penetration for the MIG welding of his steel brackets. Because the robotic welder can be adjusted to create a specific weld type and size, Andrew was able to create his desired weld with consistency over many brackets. After fine tuning for the exact bead size and shape, he repeated the welding process over and over with a simple push of a button. Before long, Andrew was mass producing brackets. The entire process: from never seeing the robot before, to learning how to program it, and then to use it to weld a box of parts took less than one day. The expected days of manually welding 160 brackets was completed in just a couple of robot welding hours.
Robotic welding is just one example of what small and micro manufacturing businesses can do at the FUSE Makerspace. Makerspace members accomplish projects like Andrew’s on high-end machine tools without needing to purchase expensive equipment. FUSE instructors are available to train and support users to ensure project success. This is a great example of the New Mexico manufacturing community working together to leverage automation, expertise and high-end equipment.
In October, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM-MEP) is hosting its 2018 annual celebration of manufacturing in New Mexico. Known as Manufacturing Day, the month-long series of events puts a spotlight on manufacturing and on the more than 26,000 New Mexicans working in the manufacturing industry. It is an opportunity to help New Mexico manufacturers tell their story and enhance public knowledge about the economic impact of manufacturing in our state.
Robotics will be on display for Manufacturing Day within the following activities:
- Robots will be showcased as part of the FUSE Makerspace tours and open house on October 17
- Build With Robots will offer tours and hands-on robotic demos on October 23
- Robotics applications and demos will be offered in a breakout session at the Summit on Advancing NM’s Manufacturing Community on October 30