ZMP used PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire to design a smaller, lighter and more affordable robot, from scratch. After successfully using Pro/ENGINEER to design and build its first-born robot, PINO ver. 2, ZMP designers then enjoyed enhanced capabilities and ease-of-use when utilizing Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire to bring the next generation PINO robot to life quickly and cost-effectively. Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire provided the designers with advanced modeling and surfacing tools as well as the ability to seamlessly integrate the 2D drawing environment with the world of 3D design.
With Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, ZMP created a new humanoid robot, nuvo, in less than one year. Mechanical design was completed in two months and for one quarter the cost of PINO ver. 2. Using Pro/ ENGINEER Wildfire, ZMP's design team reduced the height, weight, and number of mechanisms by 50 per cent and slashed costs by 75 per cent.
"PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire is equipped with rich features of 3D modeling and associative 2D documentation capabilities. Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire enabled our designers to proceed quickly with product design, from brainstorming and concept design, to detail design, simulation and drawing, all within the same environment," said Hiroaki Koike, director, Technology Development Division, ZMP.
"We are proud to have played a role in propelling ZMP onto the world's robotic design stage to produce consumer-oriented humanoid robots," said C. Richard Harrison, president and CEO, PTC. "PTC is dedicated to helping our customers utilize software solutions to advance their product development objectives, while reducing their overall costs and improving efficiencies."
Humanoid robots are robots that look, walk and act like human beings. nuvo (from the French word for new) is a 15-inch tall robot that can walk forward and backward on two legs, pick itself up when it falls, and respond instantly when ordered to stop or go. ZMP has begun production of nuvo and has recently been launched for the consumer market in Japan priced from approximately USD 5,550.
Headquartered in Tokyo, ZMP is an innovative company in the robot field that provides total RT (robot technology) solutions with four businesses, including, platform/module, rental, character patent and education. ZMP is the world's first venture to develop humanoid robots and create a market for this new industry.
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