Ultimaker helps Asian firms tackle last-mile

Written by: Andrew Wade | Published:
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3D printing firm Ultimaker has helped designers and engineers in Asia develop a robot for the emerging last mile delivery segment.

Japanese design company Final Aim used an Ultimaker S3 to rapidly prototype the concept for the Camello autonomous delivery bot, which is currently undergoing trials on the streets of Singapore. Final Aim worked with Singaporean robotics startup Otsaw to take the concept from prototype to reality, and Camello is now delivering groceries and parcels for businesses including DHL and NTUC FairPrice.

"3D printing enabled us to bring our numerous ideas to life,” said Yasuhide ‘Yasu’ Yokoi, co-founder of Final Aim.

“The Ultimaker S3 is very easy to handle which gave me extra time to work on new designs while printing. Compared to other common prototyping methods, we found 3D printing to be much more efficient for prototyping."

According to Ultimaker and Final Aim, 3D printing enabled the stakeholders to see and touch a physical product, deepening their understanding of the Camello’s concept and design, while also streamlining and speeding up the decision-making process.

"It has been truly magical to witness the teamwork between Final Aim Inc, OTSAW and our partner Brulé to bring this robot to life,” said William Lee, channel director at Ultimaker.

“This solution contributes to an improved logistic ecosystem for smooth and efficient delivery to customers, while increasing profit margins for those businesses that use it. I am proud that our Ultimaker S3 contributed to the realisation of this ambitious project."

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