This is an image of a formative technology coming out of RoboFold. It is a new formative computer aided manufacturing technology currently under development and could be promising considering that when a human hand enters into the production process it = $$$$$.
RoboFold is currently developing manufacturing processes utilizing industrial robots to directly create sheet metal forms. The system requires no tooling thus enabling the creation of new forms unavailable with current methods.
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The patent pending technology utilizes standard industrial robots to directly manipulate sheet material into complex surfaces by folding along curved lines. The RoboFold system will be controlled by a simple software plug-in to enable design, engineering and production planning in a familiar CAD environment.