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Blueprints for vehicle body painting robot.[6]

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There are multiple ideas people have come up with to incre

Companies like FANUC continue to mass-produce industrial painting robots that are then sold to manufacturers for use.[5] According to FANUC's website, these robots are useful in limiting safety hazard such as the toxicity of paint, reducing wasted materials through consistent application, and increasing productivity.[5]

There are multiple ideas people have come up with to increase the presence of painting robots in various industries. One such idea comes from technology professors; an interior wall painting robot. The design aims to make the robots “roller-based” so that it can move freely along walls and apply paint to them.[7] The hope is to get people out of the toxicity of interior painting and decrease the amount of time it takes to finish walls.[7] According to the designers, the robot can be made inexpensively as to make it more commercially available.

CloudPainter is a company that designs robots, who's take on the painting robot shifts from simple filling of color to a robot that has “computational creativity,” and can paint more detailed and original designs.[8] The robot has a 3-D printed paint-head with multiple robotic arms and is programmed with artificial intelligence and deep learning.[8]

[include picture for this paragraph] A painting robot designed by Shunsuke Kudoh is equipped with fingered hands and stereo vision. It is capable of looking (with a digital camera eye) at an object, then, using its fingers, pick up a paintbrush and copy the object onto a canvas.[9] The robot is re

CloudPainter is a company that designs robots, who's take on the painting robot shifts from simple filling of color to a robot that has “computational creativity,” and can paint more detailed and original designs.[8] The robot has a 3-D printed paint-head with multiple robotic arms and is programmed with artificial intelligence and deep learning.[8]

[include picture for this paragraph] A painting robot designed by Shunsuke Kudoh is equipped with fingered hands and stereo vision. It is capable of looking (with a digital camera eye) at an object, then, using its fingers, pick up a paintbrush and copy the object onto a canvas.[9] The robot is relatively small and can paint small things, such as an apple.[9]

Other designs for painting robots outside of the automotive industry focus on making artwork. One painting robot was able to copy the style and even brushstrokes of Rembrandt, and creating original portraits using that style.[10]

Painting Robots have been around since at least 1985.[4] The main use of these robots was found in the automotive industry, but the concept of what a painting robot is capable of has been expanded by many people.

Industrial robots, including painting ones, were created to keep people out of "dangerous" jobs as well as increase productivity.[11] Since their creati

Industrial robots, including painting ones, were created to keep people out of "dangerous" jobs as well as increase productivity.[11] Since their creation, robots have been working side by side with people in manufacturing companies (Hinds, 2008).[12]

In recent years, the painting robot has evolved past industrial use; Many inventors have taken on the idea of creating robots that can create works of art, rather than paint in just a solid color.[9] Besides making them more creative, others have looked for ways to make the robots affordable and accessible for commercial use in places such as interior wall painting.[7]