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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Finally, robots that can assemble your Ikea furniture

It’s about time

In a new paper in Science Robotics, researchers from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University pose the question: Can robots assemble Ikea chairs? It appears that yes, yes they can. And with relative ease.

WIRED reports that the scientist designed robots that can autonomously build Ikea’s Stefan chair in 20 minutes flat. Using off-the-shelf components like 3D cameras and robotic arms with force sensors, the robots are able to differentiate between parts and assemble them with a dexterity and finesse elusive to most bots.

The scientists coded the robots with specific behaviors, teaching them how to connect one piece to the next with the appropriate amount of force. Following the programmed instruction guide, the robots complete the series of tasks that result in a fully-formed chair. Who need TaskRabbits when you’ve got task robots?

See for yourself.

Via: WIRED


It’s about time

In a new paper in Science Robotics, researchers from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University pose the question: Can robots assemble Ikea chairs? It appears that yes, yes they can. And with relative ease.

WIRED reports that the scientist designed robots that can autonomously build Ikea’s Stefan chair in 20 minutes flat. Using off-the-shelf components like 3D cameras and robotic arms with force sensors, the robots are able to differentiate between parts and assemble them with a dexterity and finesse elusive to most bots.

The scientists coded the robots with specific behaviors, teaching them how to connect one piece to the next with the appropriate amount of force. Following the programmed instruction guide, the robots complete the series of tasks that result in a fully-formed chair. Who need TaskRabbits when you’ve got task robots?

See for yourself.

Via: WIRED

It’s about time

In a new paper in Science Robotics, researchers from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University pose the question: Can robots assemble Ikea chairs? It appears that yes, yes they can. And with relative ease.

WIRED reports that the scientist designed robots that can autonomously build Ikea’s Stefan chair in 20 minutes flat. Using off-the-shelf components like 3D cameras and robotic arms with force sensors, the robots are able to differentiate between parts and assemble them with a dexterity and finesse elusive to most bots.

The scientists coded the robots with specific behaviors, teaching them how to connect one piece to the next with the appropriate amount of force. Following the programmed instruction guide, the robots complete the series of tasks that result in a fully-formed chair. Who need TaskRabbits when you’ve got task robots?

See for yourself.

Via: WIRED


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.