That is, until two years ago, when Avular decided to flip that script. The team turned all its focus toward building core applications and platforms that would become the components for endlessly customizable drones and robots. From prototypes to working models, HP 3D printing has made it possible for Avular to help even small clients design and build their own custom robotics requiring a fraction of the resourcing that it would normally take.
“We said to ourselves, ‘Look, we’re engineers, we know how engineers think. So, let’s develop and make tools for other engineers to design their own drones,’” says Maas.
In 2020, Avular will go to market with “The Essentials,” customizable hardware and software components that enable customers to make any kind of drone or robot they need. At its core is a series of three-inch-square circuitry modules that can be clicked together on a drone or robot of any size, then custom programmed for any job. The Essentials are just what their name implies—the building blocks for mobile robotics.
The Essentials is a real-time on-board computer known as the Avular Prime, which is set to launch this September. Using Prime, programming becomes more accessible for engineers who can use a USB or wireless connection for programming and controlling mobile robots. Cerebra, also launching in September, enables engineers to monitor and adjust software in real-time and integrate with MATLAB Simulink, a common engineering platform, adding even more accessibility.