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Machines 2017, 5(2), 12; doi:10.3390/machines5020012

Concepts for 3D Printing-Based Self-Replicating Robot Command and Coordination Techniques

Department of Computer Science, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58102, USA
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Academic Editor: Steven Y. Liang
Received: 7 December 2016 / Revised: 12 March 2017 / Accepted: 16 March 2017 / Published: 6 April 2017
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Abstract

Self-replicating robots represent a new area for prospective advancement in robotics. A self-replicating robot can identify when additional robots are needed to solve a problem or meet user needs, and create them in response to this identified need. This allows robotic systems to respond to changing (or non-predicted) mission needs. Being able to modify the physical system component provides an additional tool for optimizing robotic system performance. This paper begins the process of developing a command and coordination system that makes decisions with the consideration of replication, repair, and retooling capabilities. A high-level algorithm is proposed and qualitatively assessed. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-replicating robots; robot command; robot coordination; multi-agent system; 3D printing; additive manufacturing; robotics self-replicating robots; robot command; robot coordination; multi-agent system; 3D printing; additive manufacturing; robotics
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Jones, A.; Straub, J. Concepts for 3D Printing-Based Self-Replicating Robot Command and Coordination Techniques. Machines 2017, 5, 12.

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