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ABB collaborates with artists to unveil first robot-painted car

May 12, 2022

Source: ABB

ABB Robotics collaborated with two renowned artists, 8-year-old Indian prodigy Advait Kolarkar and Dubai-based digital design collective Illusorr, to create a robot-painted art car. ABB used its PixelPaint technology to, without human intervention, recreate Advait’s swirling, monochromatic design as well as Illusorr’s tri-color geometrical patterns.

Equipped with 1,000 nozzles in the printer head, ABB’s IRB 5500 paint robots completed the complex artworks in less than 30 minutes. The PixelPaint technology demonstrates unprecedented precision and speed, capturing intricate, elaborate detail that would be impossible to achieve by hand. A film highlighting this world-first achievement can be seen here.

Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s Robotics & Discrete Automation business area, said: “ABB’s PixelPaint technology is more than an evolution – it is a revolution. It’s a shining example of how robotic automation and our RobotStudio software can not only pave the way for more sustainable manufacturing but can also perfectly replicate delicate pieces of art that celebrate the originality and beauty of the human spirit. At a time when consumers want more customized products, PixelPaint is a game changer and allows any design to be replicated in a manner that is both sustainable and affordable.”

Automotive designer, Ian Callum, responsible for the design of the Aston Martin Vanquish and more recently the Jaguar I-Pace, said: “There’s something very special about a car. People get emotionally attached to them and the importance of personalization is becoming stronger and stronger. In fact, I’m working with customers who actually want the whole car designed in a bespoke way. So, this paint offering – with all sorts of new levels of individual design for a motor car – is incredible.”

To create the art car, ABB refurbished a Volkswagen SUV that was damaged in the catastrophic floods in Germany in the summer of 2021. 

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