Research Outline

Prototyping/Manufacturing Parts Differences


To understand the key differences in prototyping/manufacturing parts for general consumer vs. robotics products by gathering research that highlights quantifiable measures and differences in order to expand Fictiv, a platform to prototyping consumer parts, into the robotics parts space.

Early Findings

Our background research prototyping/manufacturing parts for general consumer vs. robotics products revealed insights. Here are some key pieces of information we found:

Protyping/Manufacturing Parts:

Non-Robotic vs. Robotic Products Overview

  • Prototyping/Manufacturing robotics parts for the food service industry has been limited until very recently because robots lacked the advanced parts for increased precision that were necessary for handling raw foods.
  • However, recent developments in manufacturing robotic parts with greater sensing and soft gripping capabilities has made it possible for robots to handle many raw foods, even delicate lettuce leaves.

Competitive Landscape Overview

  • Key players in robotic parts manufacturing in the medical industry are: da Vinci, PRECEYES B.V., Corindus Vascular Robotics, Auris Health, Mako Surgical, and CMR Surgical.
  • Robotic parts manufacturing is an increasing trend in the food service automation industry with a global value that is expected to rise to $2.5 billion by 2022.