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Collaborative draping of carbon fiber parts

Objective

Draping is a process that is used for about 30% of all carbon fibre composite parts to place layers of carbon fiber fabric in a mould. During this process the flat fabric distorts to fit to the shape of the mould. Ensuring the accuracy of the draping in terms of position and fiber orientation and avoiding wrinkles is a challenging task. The DrapeBot project aims at human-robot collaborative draping, where the robot assists during the transport of the large material patches and drapes the areas of low curvature, while the human deals with high-curvature regions.
To enable an efficient collaboration DrapeBot will develop a gripper system with integrated instrumentation, AI-driven human perception and task planning models and a low-level control structure. All of these developments aim at a smooth and efficient interaction between the human and the robot. Specific emphasis is put on trust and usability, due to the complexity of the task and the size of the robots that are involved.
Two different robotic work-cells will be adapted for the use cases in project and will remain available after the end of the project for dissemination to stakeholders. The use cases in the project include the aerospace, automotive and shipbuilding industry. There are about 4000 companies in Europe that use draping processes and a potential of about 20.000 installations of collaborative robotic draping exists. Beyond this market, DrapeBot will have a wider impact on human-robot collaboration, especially in areas where efficiency of the collaboration is relevant.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/fibers
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/carbon fiber

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

PROFACTOR GMBH
Address
Im Stadtgut A2
4407 Steyr Gleink
Austria
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 1 064 263,75

Participants (8)

IT+ROBOTICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 479 500
Address
Contra Valmerlara 21
CAP 36100 Vicenza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ABELE INGENIEURE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 192 537,50
Address
Proviantbachstrasse 30
86153 Augsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 703 451,25
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 842 227,50
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
BALTICO GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 451 412,50
Address
Butzower Strasse 1 D
18239 Hohen Luckow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DALLARA AUTOMOBILI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 353 937,50
Address
Via Provinciale 33
43040 Varano De Melegari
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 568 750
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 356 062,50
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations