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What does Rosotics do?


Rosotics is a full-service design house and robotic manufacturing corporation that harnesses advanced technologies in artificial intelligence, bionics, and metal additve manufacturing to streamline the engineering process. We are designers, manufacturers, and pioneers of a new class of industrial robotics, working with original pioneers in the field of artificial intelligence in order to create new solutions for clients to leverage. As drivers of the growing metal additive manufacturing revolution, we have invented and own intellectual property for a new, groundbreaking process of metal 3D printing - titled Rapid Induction Printing™.




Where is the company based?


We are based in Phoenix, AZ, USA.




Does Rosotics have a live and functional MVP manufacturing system?


As of August 2020, we have proven most elements of our concept of swarm-facilitated manufacturing using a 93 lb mechanized robot prototype dubbed Crawler. Crawler was able to conduct the directed energy deposition printing process using aluminum under its own power and cognition (fully autonomous), and was constructed using only $5,800 of capital. It is to our collective knowledge the only mobile directed energy deposition printer in the world. We anticipate developing our systems further to market.




Can I buy a robotic manufacturing system?


We are working as fast as we can to develop robotic platforms for service. We have been humbled by the volume and diversity of applications suggested. However, we are at the moment still undergoing development, and appreciate your patience. We encourage interested corporations to get in touch for our early trial program.




Can I buy stock of your company?


We are anticipating a seed funding round in August 2020. If you would like to get in touch, please contact us and view our documentation.




What does Rosotics mean?


Rosotics is a play on the word 'Robotics', with the 's' swapped in to symbolize the integration of swarm intelligence.




How can I join Rosotics - I am not a scientist?


While working at Rosotics in certain capacities requires deep technical competence, you are not required to be a scientist or practicing engineer to join our team. The technical advances we choose to practice are designed to make it as simple as possible to perform our duties, and we even go so far as to operate a comprehensive youth accelerator program to build up the competency to work at Rosotics, from zero experience. If you are interested in joining our team, please visit our careers page.




Does Rosotics have LOIs or formal partnerships?


Absolutely! In our pursuit, we have formed strong relationships with educational institutions, which have provided the resources to research and scale; with technology corporations such as NVIDIA and Amazon in order to develop versatile technical solutions; with contractors and subcontractors such as Triple Solid in order to expand our business to serve more clients more effectively; with marketing agencies such as the Eyefuel Group in order to get in front of larger audiences; and with government organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in order to improve the resilience and adaptability of our technical methods.




What is the timeline?


Rosotics is currently undergoing development on a second formal iteration of their manufacturing platform, an airborne variant, and is undergoing the reviews cycle for FAA compliance on this platform. Rosotics is today operating as a full-service design and engineering house to serve clients.





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What is Rapid Induction Printing™?


Rapid Induction Printing™ is an improved metal additive manufacturing process invented by Rosotics that unifies traditionally separate print elements into a single hardware element, for the purpose of mobilizing print hardware at scale. It removes the need for a laser, instead utilizing electromagnetic induction to heat a wire filament through induction heating (by means of induced eddy currents), while integrating digital elements that analyze the deposition process in real-time as it is occuring. Digital elements were developed by engineers of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, through a long-term agreement executed with Rosotics. For more information, read our press release on Rapid Induction Printing™ or view our page on the topic.




What is Crawler?


'Crawler' is our existing prototype testbed for next-generation bionic manufacturing technologies, slated for reveal in August 2020. Crawler was developed as an initial, ground-based iteration of our platform, designed to conduct the same performance directed energy deposition print process from a completely autonomous mobile platform. In addition, it was desired of the platform to further provide local shielding, in order to combat oxidation and remove the need for an enclosed gas chamber to print within. Crawler provided optimistic results, and allowed our team to greenlight the move to airborne platform development, effectively proving the concept of our vision. Crawler, to our collective knowledge, is the only mobile directed energy deposition printer in the world, weighing only 93 lbs, able to print in aluminum, and built using only $5,800 of capital.

Crawler utilizes proprietary technologies developed in tandem with major names in the technology industry, and leverages several traditionally ignored methodologies in order to perform better than a multi-million dollar industrial printer.

Artificial intelligence and computer vision play a significant role in Crawler's architecture, deploying these technologies to achieve complete autonomy readily expandable to operate in a swarm capacity to print large metal structures. Crawler is void of any sort of user interface, albeit voice and cloud control. It operates largely under its own cognition in order to accomplish tasks that would normally be exceedingly dangerous for a human.

Many separate technical struggles had to be solved in order for Crawler to work, not only in terms of precision sufficient for the directed energy deposition process, but also in terms of power storage and delivery, locomotion, and weight management. Crawler addressed each of these issues to produce results comparable to none. We can't wait to truly show it to you this coming month.




What is Stinger?


Stinger is our upcoming formal iteration of Project Honeycomb, an airborne platform designed in tandem with paramount names in the technology industry, in order to conduct the Rapid Induction Printing™ process under FAA compliance.




What is Sistina?


Sistina is the comprehensive firmware package that serves as the brain of Stinger.




What are the Gaudi and Cortex Supercomputers?


They are our new cloud-based supercomputers constructed in order to power a new landscape of design and manufacturing for clients, In the early 20th century, a Spanish architect by the name of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet sought a new language of design, a language modeled after nature. He believed nature was the best teacher, that it forms the best possible solutions you can hope to find, and we share that belief too. We named our design workhorse, the Gaudi Supercomputer in his honor. Our other cloud supercomputer, used for complex deep learning applications and operational AI at scale, is named Cortex, as a reference to the human brain's Cerebral Cortex, the segment of the brain responsible for higher thought and consciousness.

Each Supercomputer is a network of computational nodes constructed physically and accessed through the cloud, from any device. Using a long-time institutional relationship with Arizona State University, a relationship that has granted us a great deal of resources to deploy on the AWS platform, we have committed resources to the pursuit of greater computational power under our own wing. Our engineers have architected two networks of parallel AWS instances that each work as a whole as common entities.

The Gaudi Supercomputer is built on Rosotics dedicated hardware at a Boardman, Oregon data center, within the United States. The Cortex Supercomputer is also built on Rosotics dedicated hardware at an Umatilla, Oregon data center, within the United States.

Each individual node of the Gaudi Supercomputer comprises a number of EC2 z1d.metal instances, each instance comprising 48 vCPUs at an all-core clock of 4 GHz, the fastest computational speed available in any of Amazon's data centers. Each instance contains 384 GB of RAM and NVME SSDs, which when combined with the other instances and in turn nodes that together form Gaudi, provide the horsepower to crunch design workloads that would be otherwise impossible to compute on a workstation or in-house server. Gaudi provides razor-sharp computing accuracy and groundbreaking reductions in the computation time of generative design workloads - allowing us to deploy these workloads at previously unrealized scale.

Each individual node of the Cortex supercomputer comprises a number of EC2 p3dn.24xlarge instances, each instance comprising 96 vCPUs, 768 GB of RAM, and 8X Tesla V100 GPUs (for a total of 256 GB GPU memory). The Tesla V100 GPU is the most powerful data center GPU ever devised and currently available for service. Each node instance is architected within Cortex to house a group of Committee of Machines (CoMs), a type of modular neural network that is able to produce significantly more refined results than a Convolutional Neural Network in applied artificial intelligence. The combination of each instance and in turn node into the greater Cortex Supercomputer allows Rosotics to remotely perform extremely complex, rapid, accurate, and proprietary deep learning algorithms on supplied visual information. Rosotics applies Cortex for the autonomous operability of its mobilized manufacturing workforce.




How was a startup able to create a supercomputer, let alone two?


Rosotics was able to create the Gaudi and Cortex cloud supercomputers using resources granted from a relationship with Arizona State University, a member institution of AWS Activate. Through this relationship, we received a resource grant of $100,000 which was utilized to provision a number of dedicated hardware instances on the EC2 platform in a physical Oregon-based data center, which were linked together by our engineers in order to form a cohesive computational network, first in the case of Gaudi, and second in the case of Cortex. Proprietary code was integrated in this process in order to effectively link and secure the computational state flows of these networks. Each supercomputer deploys on the order of TBs of RAM, thousands of CPUs, and the most powerful data center GPU blocks in the world, accessable from any device, anywhere.




Why shouldn't I just use machining if it's well and tried?


Machining is a dated, inefficient method of manufacturing - that produces significant material and energy waste, upholds exorbitantly large and expensive hardware that cannot readily adapt to changes, and cannot produce complex geometries such as those produced by a generative algorithm.




What is the benefit of metal additive manufacturing?


Metal additive manufacturing allows us to produce extremely complex geometries significantly faster, with little to no material waste, anywhere a printer is located. Where a traditional supply chain may have one component of an assembly made in the United States, and another made overseas and shipped here, additive manufacturing allows you to produce any part you need, anywhere, as you need it. It allows you to consolidate entire assemblies of parts together, doing so at any scale so desired.




Where are the pain points in metal additive manufacturing?


Current metal additive manufacturing systems are inherently unscalable, that is, they can only print parts so large as the printer printing them. Metal additive manufacturing is also very energy inefficient, relying on heat sources such as lasers and electron beams, which waste a significant amount of energy. Current additive manufacturing methods also can produce serious metallurgical anomalies, which requires the industry to compensate and in some cases interrupt a print with intensive post-processing. Manufacturing economics for metal additive manufacturing get very ugly as the size of the part scales up.




How do you address the metal additive manufacturing pain points?


Rosotics is addressing the pain point of metal additive manufacturing by developing and deploying new technologies and methodologies in both design and metal additive manufacturing. The invention of our proprietary process, Rapid Induction Printing™, solves problems of inefficiency and adaptability of traditional metal additive manufacturing methods, as well as makes possible printer mobilization. Rosotics is well into development and testing of a robotic manufacturing platform that distributes the workload to a swarm of manufacturing agents, developed in tandem with major names in the technology industry, which works to redefine manufacturing economics in the large-scale market segment.




What is Bionics?


Bionics, or biologically inspired engineering, is the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology. Rosotics is a top-down bionics powerhouse, leveraging technologies such as generative design (mimicking nature's evolutionary approach to design), swarm robotics (mimicking nature's collaborative approach to manufacturing), and artificial intelligence in order to produce much more effective solutions that can solve much harder problems.





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