Their precision and efficiency makes FAULHABER motors ideal for driving robots, which is why we have become a major supplier of the growing robotics industry.
FAULHABER also supports education and technical development in the field of robotics by providing both financial assistance and free motors to many teams and for many activities.
One example is our involvement in the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world, collaborate and innovate on a very short timeline to develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of challenge tasks selected for their relevance to disaster response. The team of the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Dr. Fritz Faulhaber’s alma mater, achieved a third place with its Tartan Rescue CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform). The 90 kg robot is designed for executing complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments.
FAULHABER also sponsors Helveticrobot, a non-profit organization aiming at educating Swiss youngsters in robotics. It encompasses a number of teams working on complex robotics problems, including questions of mechanics, electronics and software. Since 2009 Helveticrobot has participated in the international Robot Soccer World Cup (RoboCup) championships where the team successively achieved a third, a second and finally the first place. Last year in Eindhoven, thanks also to the built-in FAULHABER DC-Micromotors, the soccer team won the Best Robot Award. This year, the RoboCup championships will be held in João Pessoa (Brazil) in July. Helveticrobot will be participating with a new team, improved robots and new chances for success.Another recipient of FAULHABER’s support is the Robo-Si association, also from Switzerland, whose objective is to involve children in robotics. Amongst other activities, the Robo-Si team regularly takes part, as organizer, in the First Lego League Challenges, where children between the ages of 9 and 16 compete, building robots from standard parts and operating them at regional, national and international events.