Robots Only: First Fully Autonomous Restaurant Opens in San Francisco With no on-site employees, startup restaurant Mezli relies only on robotics and automation technology to prepare meals. Functioning like a giant vending machine, the autonomous restaurant takes orders on a digital screen and robots prep, plate, and cook an assortment of Mediterranean grain bowls and sides then slide them along to waiting customers.
Swarm Manufacturing: Robotic 3D Printers Divide and Conquer Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things technologies led to the development of swarm robots and additive manufacturing. Now, the two are coming together in a marriage that could change supply chains and manufacturing globally and, some researchers claim, could reach outer space.
Additive Manufacturing Gives Supply Chains a Boost Micro factories are cropping up as companies aim to strengthen their supply chains. Shipping containers that house 3D printers have become mobile mini-factories that can produce food, construction parts, and even military-grade products.
Use of 3D Printing Soars With its roots in aerospace, additive manufacturing is now in the spotlight as 3D-printed components may save the day in the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies using the technology are seeing easier customization, faster time to market, and substantial cost savings in material sourcing.