We recommend that you contact us early on in the development of new projects, when we can discuss how the ZWE could be most useful and formulate a collaborative plan.
The Robotics ZWE offices and labs are located in the 3N corridor of the MPI-IS Stuttgart campus, including:
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING - The field of additive manufacturing (“3D Printing”) continues to evolve and grow at an astonishing rate. The fundamental principle is the layered deposition of material to fabricate given three-dimensional geometry. In an effort to support the diverse prototyping needs of the institute, the Robotics ZWE offers full-service 3D printing using a wide variety of techniques and processes, including fused-deposition modeling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA), multi-jet modeling (MJM), multi-material printing, and more.
CIRCUIT FABRICATION - Recognizing that the majority of embedded electronic systems require the integration of compact, surface-mounted components on either rigid or flexible substrates, we have assembled the equipment and expertise to rapidly design, fabricate, and test advanced circuitry.
Expertise & Capabilities
Mechatronics is the synergistic fusion of mechanical design, electrical engineering, embedded programming, and systems integration. The melding together of these complementary disciplines has made possible the vast majority of the technology that pervades our lives, from modern automobiles to smartphones and surgical robots. Such systems are, by their very nature, rather complex. With over 20 years combined experience in mechatronic design and prototyping, the engineers of the Robotics ZWE are well equipped to assist with the design and realization of a wide range of mechatronic systems
MECHANICAL COMPONENT DESIGN & PROTOTYPING
SolidWorks 3D CAD
composite-part design and fabrication
custom polymer casting fabrication
ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT LAYOUT & PROTOTYPING
high-density surface mount design
rigid and flexible printed circuit prototyping and fabrication
EMBEDDED SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
familiarity with all major microcontroller architectures (AVR, ARM, TI, Freescale, Microchip, etc.)
proficient in a variety of programming languages (C/C++, Java, Python, Matlab, etc.)
extensive experience with various communication protocols (I2C, SPI, USB, CAN, etc.)
Our goal is to understand the principles of Perception, Action and Learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems