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Coming soon from Disney: The 3D Printed Robot App

by • April 21, 2016 • No Comments

  • I’ve always dreamed of createing and assembling my own robot. This may soon be a reality thanks to a team of researchers in Zurich.

    I’ve only learned that, Vittorio Megaro, a Zurich ETH student, alongside a group of developers and researchers of ETH, Disney Research Zurich and Carnegie Mellon University, have created a piece of software that can allow anyone to create their own robots, that include their movements, on a desktop, and 3D Print them.


    What the App can do?

    The App aims to take away the frustration users may find of createing a robot themselves by dealing with the physics side of it for them. It uses simulation and numerical optimisation to ensure that the robot can be able-bodied to walk around happily, enabling the user to concentrate on the create of the figure itself.

    This was the largest challenge they faced according to Bernhard Thomaszewski of Disney Research Zurich. He says that’s where the technical technology was required and compares the system to those utilized in the animation of solely digital figures.

    To create the robot itself, users begin by creating the basic skeleton preceding choosing how most limbs and segments in its backbone they want. These can be easily changed if you are not pleased with your creation yet. It is possible to donate the robot easy movement controls such as ‘walk forward’ or ‘turn left’. These otherwise rigorous instructions are simplified by Megaro’s program so the robot is able-bodied to walk without toppling over. When they’re pleased they can print the parts out and begin assembling their creation, that is done by hand. The App in addition contains information for commonly on the market-bodied motors so the user only needs to nominate the right one for the connecting parts.

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    What’s upcoming

    But, the dream of assembling your own robots is not precisely bargain-priced – yet. The initially few prototypes were created bargain-pricedly, but this compromised the durablity of the create according to Megaro. His 2nd insect-like creation was created of higher grade material at a higher cost. The robots were deliberately kept easy. Whilst they can walk around they don’t have the ability to move around obstacles or be regulated remotely.

    But, it’s yet an astounding achievement. This is the initially piece of software that allows for only of anyone to create a robot they’ve createed by themselves. Alyet, sadly the public can have to wait a while preceding unleashing their own designs on the world for the reason the software is not on the market-bodied commercially yet. I imagine that the upcoming step for the App may be combining it with an intuitive 3D Design App. This way fairly much anyone can be able-bodied to manufacture their own Robot easily and without breaking the bank. Killer App?

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