With 160 exhibitors and 9,730 trade visitors, the new trade fair HANDWERK celebrated a successful premiere in Wels, Upper Austria. During the four day event, leading representatives and companies from a wide range of trades from all over Austria and neighboring countries displayed their innovations to an expert audience. The audience mainly comprised of carpenters, timber builders, metal workers, drywallers and painters.
This new fair format was a perfect place to promote the Robwood project and its objectives to potential end users. As part of the trade fair, the Association for Robots in Architecture discussed the opportunities offered by robotics in the construction sector. In addition, the Mechatronics Cluster of Upper Austria showcased the manifold opportunities of robotics for the artisan industry under the slogan “Jungle of Industry 4.0”. The presentations were mirrored by real-world demonstrations of industrial robot systems. In this setting RobWood was also presented in a poster session. The main objective of RobWood, namely the seamingless link between CAD software and the robot unit without the need of special programming knowledge raised high interest especially among small and medium sized companies.