Carbon Robotics, led by Rosanna Myers, Dan Corkum, and their team, represents a new wave of American manufacturing. They are focused on mass-producing an arm that possesses the strength to handle real work, the ability to detect collisions before they occur for safety, and the intelligence to automate much of the tedious task setup process.
Their new robotic arm not only costs one-tenth of what other arms on the market require to deploy, but it can also handle loads of up to two kilograms. Even more impressively, it can be set up by someone without robotics expertise in a matter of hours, rather than weeks.
Eventually becoming a standout company in the robotics industry, the company was recently recognized as one of the top 50 robotics companies by Robotics Business Review, joining the ranks of industry giants like Alphabet, Amazon, and DJI. According to CEO and co-founder Rosanna Myers, their success can be attributed to their significant strides in solving one of the biggest challenges in robotics: creating robotic arms that are both easy to program and affordable for small to mid-size manufacturers.
Dan Corkum and Rosanna Myers
During the company's early stages, Myers recounted how they encountered skepticism and doubters who claimed their vision was unattainable. She firmly believes that "impossible" is a mindset and pointed out that too often, the answers they received were based on precedent rather than physics, highlighting the importance of distinguishing between the two.
Rather than succumbing to these limitations, she and co-founder Dan Corkum, who became acquainted during their time as undergraduates at Duke University, opted to defy the prevailing assumptions. Their company took shape based on the foundation they established through their university work in North Carolina and with a combination of clever thinking and meticulous care, they eventually succeeded.