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Innovations and applications of the Cybaman replicator from Traki‐iski Ltd

Christine Connolly (Stalactite Technologies Ltd, Wakefield, UK)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 31 July 2009




The purpose of this paper is to study the features and capabilities of a computer‐aided design (CAD)‐based programmable manipulator for subtractive and additive manufacturing.


The technical milestones in the development of the Cybaman replicator are reviewed, and then various applications are described.


A six‐axis fixed‐datum manipulator allows cutters, grinders, polishing heads, and even laser deposition to be combined in one set of automated processes. The CAD‐based approach simplifies both hardware and software and makes the machine simple to operate. The replicator is particularly useful in small‐batch component production, including medical and dental implants and jewellery manufacture. The high‐accuracy 3D manoeuvrability of the manipulator makes it a valued tool at the ISIS facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.


The paper draws attention to a unique and powerful programmable manipulator for accurate positioning and small‐batch production.



Connolly, C. (2009), "Innovations and applications of the Cybaman replicator from Traki‐iski Ltd", Assembly Automation, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 209-213.



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