FirstIgnite is supporting the commercialization of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s metal cutting robot technology, which is a novel framework for cutting metal scrap using robots in unstructured environments. This process improves occupational safety and reduces dependence on low-cost labor for hazardous tasks. The benefits include enhanced safety and efficiency, reduced labor-intensive work, minimized need for scanning entire objects, and leveraging worker expertise.
This technology has applications in recycling decommissioned large metal structures, dismantling oil rigs and ships, and processing large engines and equipment. The global metal recycling market size was valued at $229.6 billion in 2021 and is expected to increase to $384 billion by 2030.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s metal cutting robot technology is ready for collaboration (licensing, partnerships, industry feedback, etc.). Is your company the right fit? If you’d be available for a conversation with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute team, you can schedule a time directly on their team’s calendar here.