Umbratek Launches Worldwide Kickstarter for Modular Robots

By James White Sunday, April 11, 2021

Today, robotics are integral to the manufacturing business. Factory floors are frequently littered with industrial machines to automate the production process. The influence of robotic assistants has even spread to industries such as agriculture, logistics, and beyond. Startup company Umbratek recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for its series of modular robots to bring an affordable and powerful design to market.

"Umbratek focuses on high-performance dynamic robots and control systems,” said Evan Deng, founder and CEO of the startup business. “We've spent the last few years developing simplified, customized, affordable robotic solutions for your various needs. Our robots provide fresh energy for industrial automation, logistics, medical, agricultural, and many more settings."

Umbratek is aiming to raise $50,000 from investors through the campaign for its startup company. So far, seven backers have put together $15,660 in support of the startup robotics business. According to the campaign page, two backers have donated amounts over $4,689. Early investors in the startup company are eligible for a significant discount on the modular robots before they officially roll out. The Umbratek campaign will continue to raise funds for the startup business until May 10.

Umbratek modular robot.

An Affordable but Powerful Option

Umbratek was founded by Deng in 2019. Prior to the new company, Deng founded UFACTORY, a startup business that manufactures desktop robotic arms. Now, the entrepreneur seeks to offer robots for industrial use at prices lower than the industry standard.

Robotic arms from the startup company are made from carbon fiber, steel, and aluminum. Modular design allows users to customize their machine to fit the job rather than make compromises to accommodate the machine into their business. The robots from the startup company have between four and six axes, allowing them to achieve a full range of movement suitable for work in several industries.

Driving the robots are powerful yet light actuators with integrated motors. Furthermore, robotic arms from Umbratek are controlled with an easily accessible graphic interface that is compatible with several platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. The software allows users to quickly manage a machine’s tasks and reduce setup costs.

Umbratek builds 90% of its machines in-house, which allows the robot startup to offer very competitive prices. The business boasts that its designs are about 70% more affordable than competitors in the industry.

Breaking into the Manufacturing Automation Industry

There are a number of rivals in the manufacturing automation business. Umbratek will likely find competition from names such as Universal Robotics, Franka Emika, and FANUC Robotics, among others. The industry is rife with competition and expected to keep growing. Market research projects the global robotic arm market to reach $39.2 billion by 2024, after expanding at a CAGR of about 13.8%.

Umbratek attempts to set itself apart from the competition in the industry by dramatically slashing its prices. According to the campaign page for the startup company, other companies offer their products for prices between $15,000 and $50,000, whereas the Umbratek line starts around $5,000.

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James White is a Michigan State University graduate with a BS in Environmental Biology. He is interested in reporting emerging trends in technology, especially with regard to alternative energy and environmental conservation.

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