markets Germany - Issue 01/2015

‘Bot the Builder

Automation: This peanut-shaped pavilion in Schwäbisch-Gmünd was fabricated by robots and is part of a larger robotics trend in Germany.

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall in eastern Germany is the world’s first computer-designed and robot-manufactured building. It was created as a showcase for new technological possiblities in lightweight timber construction. Conceived by the University of Stuttgart and supported by European Union and State of Baden-Württemberg funding, the 2,700-square-foot space took just three weeks to construct and was made possible by a KR Quantec robot from KUKA robotics that precision-cut each piece of the puzzle.

ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart

243

Geometric Plates

A total of 243 geometric plates with 7,600 different finger joints were precision-cut by the robot in order to fabricate the exhibition space.

3 billion

Turnover

The German robotics industry achieved a turnover of around EUR 3 billion in 2013 and is double the sum recorded in 2005.

5th

Largest Producer

Germany was the world’s fifth-largest producer of industrial robots in 2013. In total, 179,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide that year.

ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart

1920

Etymology

The word robot was coined in 1920 by playwright Karel Cˇapek, who introduced it in his hit play R.U.R., or “Rossum‘s Universal Robots.” The word comes from the Czech term
robota, which means forced labor.

69.400

Car Industry

The biggest industrial robots purchasers can be found in the car industry. In 2013, 69,400 robots were sold in the sector worldwide.

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