A revolutionary new way of folding sheet metal using robots
The Production Process
RoboFold is developing a manufacturing process that uses industrial robots to directly form sheet metal. The system does not require tooling, so shapes not possible with current available methods are now possible. The system allows for one-offs, prototyping, short and medium batches.
The technology utilises standard industrial robots to directly manipulate sheet material into complex surfaces by folding along curved lines. The process will provide the manufacturing sector with increased flexibility to produce small batches, make significant cost saves and create value-added differentiation.
The RoboFold™ system is controlled from a simple software add-in to enable design, engineering and production planning in familiar CAD software.
How did RoboFold™ get here?
After 10 years of research into the geometry of curved folding, Gregory Epps, founder and CEO of RoboFold, entered the Industrial Design Engineering masters programme jointly run by the RCA and Imperial College with the intention of determining the commercial feasibility of his technology.
The research was subsequently exhibited at the RCA Summer Show in 2008, where it received press coverage from Eureka magazine.
After graduation, Gregory set up RoboFold™ to commercialise the technology. In 2008, Robofold entered the Design London Incubator as part of its first tranche of ventures.
More information on the Robofold website