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Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition: Manufacturing Track

The goal of the competition is to test the capabilities of a robot system in performing assembly operations relevant to a manufacturing process.  To do this, competition parts have been selected to replicate typical manufacturing tolerances.  In addition, teams can choose from various levels of difficulty to compete, where the higher levels present opportunity to score bonus points.   The levels are chosen with the goal of advancing robotic systems in order to support variable small-batch production runs in future manufacturing systems.   Such robot systems should recognize, grasp, and assemble various parts including flexible ones, and assemble a new product by quickly reconfiguring the system without teaching (also called lead through programming) and jigs (also called fixturing).  The principles of design & manufacture make part data readily available to the automated systems in the form of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) data.  Therefore, all CAD models will be made available to competitors.

The manufacturing track of the IROS 2017 Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition will consist of two tasks.  The first one will be comprised of an assembly subtask and a disassembly subtask using an assembly task board.  The task board  was developed as part of a NIST project to develop tools for benchmarking the performance of assembly robotics.  The second task is the construction of a gear-unit assembly which also serves as a trial task for the assembly challenge to be held in the Industrial Robotics Category at World Robot Challenge, World Robot Summit.


Task 1:  Assembly/Disassembly Board 
Task 1 Board
Task Information: Task1_AssemblyDisassembly_Rev3b.pdf
STL Files: Task1_STL_Files.zipand
Drawings:  Task1_Kit_Layout.pdfand Task1_Example_Competition_KIT_Print.pdf

Video Example:


Task 2:  Gear Assembly 
Task 2 Gear Assembly
Task Information:  Task2_GearUnitAssemble_Rev3c.pdf
STL Files:

Video Example:

Organizer/Team Sessions:  To be announced.


Task 1
Joe Falco 
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
100 Bureau Drive - Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Phone: +1 301-975-3455 

Task 2
Dr. Yasuyoshi YOKOKOHJI
Kobe University
1-1    Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku
Kobe 657-8501, Japan
Phone: +81-78-803-6341

Created August 8, 2017, Updated September 16, 2017