Current mobile manipulation systems save lives and reduce casualties, but have many limitations. ARM will enable autonomous mobile manipulation systems to surpass the performance level of remote manipulation systems that are controlled directly by a human operator.

RE2, Inc contracted Mechanimal to create the cover anatomy – and personality – for the ARM platform. The appearance of the robot is indeed part of its function, interacting with both the researchers and the public will weigh heavily on the success of the project since it will nurture the extra interaction needed from those who will help bring this technology to fruition.

The first robot was debuted on August 24th, 2010 in the DARPA booth at the AUVSI conference in Denver, Colorado.  Robbie – the second robot, shown here – debuted in April 2011 at the Lemelson Center, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

More information can be found at the ARM website.

Features of the Mechanimal cover anatomy :

  • Dinosaur (Bird) Bone inspired Structure.
  • Strong, Lightweight, and Good Looking.
  • Entirely DDM (Direct Digital Manufacturing) using new customized FDM and SLA techniques.
  • Self-Locking parts requiring no fasteners or tools, easing access during research.
  • Modular features allow for advanced customization.

Below is a gallery of the unique cover anatomy we designed, produced, and installed.