Agility Robotics is nearing the completion of its groundbreaking factory, known as the “RoboFab,” located in Salem, Oregon. This state-of-the-art facility is set to manufacture the company’s first line of humanoid robots, called Digit. With two legs and two arms, these robots are specifically designed to work in tandem with human workers in warehouses and factories, revolutionizing the industrial landscape.
Damion Shelton, the co-founder and CEO of Agility Robotics, revealed that the 70,000-square-foot facility will be a game-changer in the industry. Once fully operational, the factory will have a maximum annual capacity of 10,000 units and will employ more than 500 people. Agility Robotics aims to optimize the installation and testing of its initial production lines as the primary focus at present.
Agility Robotics successfully secured funding from venture investors, including DCVC and Playground Global, which enabled the company to outpace competitors like Tesla with its Optimus initiative. By swiftly developing the production prototype humanoid robots and establishing a manufacturing facility, Agility Robotics has taken a significant lead in the market.
The engineers at Agility Robotics deliberately designed Digit to resemble a human form, enabling it to maintain balance while performing tasks like lifting, sorting, and maneuvering. This human-like design also facilitates the robots’ operations in environments where traditional robotics face structural limitations, such as steps or other obstacles.
Although Digit’s hands lack the sophistication of five fingers, they are built to effectively handle various materials. From traversing stairs to crouching into tight spaces, these robots can unload containers and transfer materials onto or from pallets and conveyors. Agility Robotics plans to utilize Digit in material transportation within its own factory.
In the near term, Agility Robotics will exclusively sell its humanoid robot systems to preferred partners, with plans to make them available for purchase next year. The company currently does not offer rental or leasing options for these cutting-edge robots.
Overall, the construction of Agility Robotics’ “RoboFab” factory represents a major milestone in the mass production of humanoid robots. With the potential to enhance efficiency and collaboration in various industries, Digit is poised to transform how human workers and robots operate side by side in warehouses and factories.
– Humanoid robot: A robot designed to resemble a human in shape and behavior.
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