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National Facility for Innovative Robotics Systems opens at University of Leeds

The £4.3 million Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems opened at the University of Leeds’ School of Mechanical Engineering on October 22.

The centre has the most advanced suite of robot building equipment in the UK, offering the latest 3D printing and high-precision assembly technologies.

Dr Rob Richardson, Director of the facility, said: “We looked at the most innovative and exciting robots being developed across the world and asked ourselves what kit we’d need to build something even better.

He added: “Leeds already has a great track record in robotics for surgical applications, patient rehabilitation, prosthetics, and exploration, but the new facility will revolutionise our ability to turn new concepts into reality.

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