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Mechatronics, robotics and automation research
As society advances technologically, there is increasing demand for smart devices with embedded electronics, sensors and actuators. Mechatronics is the interdisciplinary field of engineering dealing with the integration of mechanical, electronic, software and control engineering to design and produce intelligent products and processes.
Additive manufacturing and manufacturing technologies
Massey University’s research in additive manufacturing spans a wide range of areas including Finite Element Analysis of CAD designs, design of novel additive manufacturing systems and the characterisation of printed components.
Applied vision processing and machine learning
Massey mechatronics engineers have expertise in applying image processing and machine learning to create intelligent technologies. These technologies are applicable in a number of industry contexts, from sorting components in a factory line, avoiding obstacles in an interior or recognising and picking different types of fruit on trees.
Our research expertise is in the properties of materials, how to extract fibres from those materials and assessment of these for suitability in processes such as 3D printing. Material of interest include collagen, metals and natural substances such as harakeke (flax).
Massey researchers have expertise in the area of small-scale robotics and specifically micro-nano actuation and sensing systems development for molecule/cell/tissue analysis and manipulation.
Robotics, mechatronics and automation
Massey researchers have expertise in smart robot design and industrial automation, and reconfigurable, flexible, hard and soft robotic systems. We are working on indoor and outdoor autonomous robots for industrial applications including agriculture and forestry, and intelligent control system design via smart sensing, machine learning, vision, bio-signal, embedded programming, and wireless communication. We work closely with business and organisations to develop robots to meet industry needs.
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Electro spun Bioprinting Technology in the Production of Complex Collagen Tissues
Associate Professor Johan Potgieter is leading a team on this research, which is working to develop a 3D printing machine designed for use in the medical transplant industry.
Smart autonomous farming
We have been working with C-Dax, a New Zealand based specialist manufacture of ATV Accessories, sprayers, spraying and pasture meters to develop a pasture robot. This robot precisely measures pasture, prevents over-fertilisation of the land and reduces farm work. The concept for the robot was supported by two Massey mechatronic engineering students who worked on the project during their study. Now they are working with C-Dax on further developments and field testing to produce a commercial model.
Destructive and non-destructive testing
We have expertise in testing for yield and tensile strength of a range of materials, using destructive and non-destructive methods. Our equipment include a tensilometer and scanning electron microscopes.
Centre for Additive Manufacturing
The Centre is New Zealand’s only dedicated research facility in this field. We have close ties to industry, offering expert assistance in all aspects of design for additive manufacturing and the production of commercial prototype components. Our equipment spans the range of industrial additive manufacturing techniques, including selective laser sintering of polymer powder, direct metal printing of metal powders, fused deposition modelling of polymer filaments and multi-material multijet printing of polymers.