TheFabLab held an exhibition on the RS Components and Siemens stand at the Maker Faire in Rome, with Massimo Banzi present, highlighting the impact of new instruments introduced by the fourth industrial revolution into factories and many other workplaces.
In the here and now, we are witnessing a new industrial revolution centred on the Internet of Things, digital manufacturing, robotics and Cloud computing. A partnership with RS Components has given a foretaste of the Siemens IoT2020 gateway which can transform any project using Arduino hardware and software into an industrial one linked to the Siemens logic. At the exhibition, a small industrial production chain based on the Igus robot arm was set up and presented to the press and public. The simulation of the environment and all its parts (grippers, guides, buttons etc.) was entirely reconstructed using TheFabLab 3D printers and laser cutters, in a fine example of how the factory of the future will personalise its production chains via digital manufacturing.