Robot Walks Out of 3-D Printer After Being Completed

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:47 PM

With the exception of its battery and motor, everything within the robot is made in a single printing run, including all of the hydraulic liquid-filled tubes that assistance the robot move.

Robot Walks Out of 3-D Printer After Being Completed

It'south alive!

Researchers at the MA Institute of Technology'south Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have created a 3-D printing process that in a single running can create a six-legged solid and liquid robot that can literally crawl out of the printer.

With the exception of its battery and motor, everything within the robot is made in a single printing run, including all of the hydraulic liquid-filled tubes that assistance the robot move.

“Our approach, which we call 'printable hydraulics,' is a step towards the rapid fabrication of functional machines,” Daniela Rus, director of MIT'south Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, said in a statement. "All you've to do is adhere in a battery and motor, and you've a robot that can practically walk right out of the printer."

Rus and her team used a 3-D inkjet printer to construct the layers of the hexapod robot, depositing droplets of material roughly half the width of a human hair. A high-intensity UV light would then solidify what needed to be solid while leaving the liquids as they were.

The all process took twenty-two hours, which is relatively brief given the robot'south complexity. In the future, it'south expected the unique printing process could assistance slice down on the time and cost needed to create robots.

"Accelerating the process depends less on the particulars of our technique, and more on the engineering and resolution of the printers themselves," Rus said. "Printing ultimately takes as long as the printer takes, so as printers improve, so will the manufacturing capabilities."

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