The NEXT AGV is a 3D-printed prototype jointly developed by Bosch Rexroth and BigRep’s innovation consultancy, NOWLAB. Powered by an inductive energy unit running on a power grid, it can both serve as an automated logistics carrier with a loading capacity of up to 250 kg and as a platform for additional devices, such as robots, to be mounted.
The 3D-printed NEXT AGV offers many advantages: Contrary to the traditional and manual construction (i.e. sheet metal molding), the 3D-printed NEXT AGV is manufactured much more efficiently. Following a flexible design with the core elements (battery and electronics) serving as the unchanged base framework, the AGV’s shell design dimensions can be easily adapted to the required or changing needs without reducing the loading capacity – a key prerequisite for flexible industrial applications. Other key elements of the NEXT AGV are special 3D-printed wheels with two different materials, allowing the platform to move sidewise as well, and an integrated safety feature (Human Detection Antenna), which has also been 3D-printed.
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