We are currently building a giant magnetic levitation floor at the University of Waterloo RoboHub. With the use of magnetic energy, artificial intelligence, and advanced control algorithms, our team is building one the largest levitation platform in the world. The technology used in MagFloor will advance the manufacturing industry considering its exceptional design, precision, speed, flexibility, and versatility. This system will open new avenues of research in the areas of collaborative robotics, flexible manufacturing, and autonomous systems. The above animation represents the idea behind the MagFloor and its collaboration with other advanced apparatus such as robot arms and humanoid robots.
A prototype was developed to study the feasibility of the system. With a single disc permanent magnet, the carrier motion could be controlled up to five degrees of freedom. The experiment results demonstrate the great potential of the system. Opportunities for advanced research are available for high precision motion control, energy consumption optimization, and application of the system in various fields.