Centres for Excellence
Amrita Center for Automation and Robotics (ACAR)
The Amrita Centre for Automation and Robotics (ACAR) was started on 26th October 2021 at Amrita College of Engineering and Technology, Nagercoil. This Centre is very unique because of its multidisciplinary nature involving active participation of the Departments of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering etc., ACAR, backed by the able management of Amrita, is focusing on the study of Automation at its highest level. Moreover, it has excellent conceptual and instrumental potential based on the experience of researchers and its facilities. The Centre’s main objective is to develop research in Automation and Robotics areas that will mainly be applied in providing beneficial results to Society. The Centre is currently equipped with 3D printers, CNC machines, microcontrollers, and supporting hardware and software tools, with a sufficient number of computers. And in future, it is aimed to facilitate the features with industrial robots. The Research and Development activities in this area are therefore taken as main focus of the newly formed “How to 3D Print”. The workshops on “How to 3D Print” is carried out regularly, with the resources in our lab for the skill development of the students.
The lab focuses on
- · Enabling technologies that necessitate novel design solutions in terms of development of new methods of synthesis, analysis & optimization of mechanisms
- · Facilitate faculty and students to take up multidisciplinary research and projects
- · Assisting the students in finding the scope of commercializing their project
Objectives of Centre for Automation and Robotics:
- · To support students and faculty members to take up multidisciplinary research and projects.
- · To familiarize students with interfacing robotic systems with computers and programming them with specific, controlled motions.
- · To familiarize students with additive manufacturing technologies
- · The center’s focus is to develop research in Automation and Robotics areas that will mainly be applied in providing beneficial results to society.
3D Printing Machine
Currently, students use an inexpensive 3D printer based on Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology to print mostly with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) or polylactic acid (PLA) 1.75 mm diameter filaments. These filaments are widely used in FDM 3D printers and can be obtained from many suppliers.
Students produced over two hundred objects ranging from simple teacups to sophisticated multi-part assemblies. One 3-D printer is provided to every 10-15 students. Also, every student is
provided with powerful PCs and necessary modelling and slicing software facilities. The center is currently equipped with 3D printers and supporting hardware and software tools, with around 15 desktop computers.