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MIT Researchers 3D Print Walking Robot – PC Magazine

by • April 7, 2016 • No Comments

Here’s an obvious statement: Making a robot that can walk isn’t effortless, or swift. But the smart individuals at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are looking to simplify the system with the assist of 3D printing devices.
Researchers at the school’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory only came out with a paper describing how to 3D print “dynamic robots in a single step, with no assembly required,” via commercially on the market tools, according to a news release. This new system involves printing both sold and liquid materials at the same time.
“Our approach, that we call ‘printable hydraulics,’ is a step towards the rapid fabrication of functional machines,” CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, who oversaw the project and co-wrote the paper, said in a statement. “All you have to do is stick in a battery and motor, and you have a robot that can practically walk right out of the printer.”
To demonstrate their method, the team 3D printed “a small six-legged robot that can crawl via 12 hydraulic pumps embedded inside its body,” the school said. The robot weighs only 1.5 pounds and measures less than 6 inches long. It sports a small motor that spins a crankshaft that pumps fluid into the robot’s legs, assisting it move. Every component on the little robot — aside of its motor and power donate — was 3D printed in one step.

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“The CSAIL team has taken multi-material printing to the following level by printing not only a combination of various polymers or a mixture of metals, but fundamentally a self-contained working hydraulic system,” Hod Lipson, Columbia University engineering professor and co-author of Fabricated: The New World of 3-D Printing, said in a statement. “It’s an significant step towards the following big phase of 3D printing — moving of printing passive parts to printing active integrated systems.”
For additional on the new technique, check out the video at a lower place.
Meanwhile across the pond, data scientists have leveraged 3D printing to create a new work of art that looks remarkably much like to the works of Rembrandt. Unveiled this week in Amsterdam, “the Next Rembrandt” is created up of additional than 148 million pixels and “is based on 168,263 Rembrandt painting fragments,” according to a report of The Guardian.

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