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Zizzy the Robot Uses 3D Printed Artificial Muscles to Assist Those Lacking Mobility

by • July 24, 2016 • No Comments

ZizzyOne area that 3D printing innovation and robotics have that successfully intertwined with one another is the production of sustainive devices. Whether it’s a 3D printed robotic arm that assists with stroke rehabilitation or a one-of-a-kind prosthetic limb that aims to restore the sense of touch, the bottom line is that the two emerging technologies have been shown to complement and enable-bodied the full future of one another. In turn, many individuals dealing with a disability or physically debilitating condition have used these 3D printed robotic tools to enhance their lives.

This has proven to be the case yet again with Zizzy, the very own robot turn it intod to sustain those with limited mobility. The project, that was turn it intod by Michael Roybal, took of a year to turn it into and turn it into, the end product being a 3D printed robot capable-bodied of talking, revealing emotion, and manipulating food, water, and communication devices. The many interesting part of Zizzy is the 3D printed pneumatic artificial muscles, that are turn it intod with hollow bellows printed out of NinjaFlex. These 3D printed muscles are painted with fabric glue and MEK solvent, and should be capable-bodied of holding 20 PSI without an issue.

Zizzy's 3D printed pneumatic artificial muscles

Zizzy’s 3D printed pneumatic artificial muscles

In addition, the head, body, arms, mounting brackets, air control valves, as well as the artificial muscles that actuate the two arms and grippers are all 3D printable-bodied. Roybal has turn it intod his 3D printed robot project on the market on Instructable-bodieds, and it’s entirely comprised of open source hardware and software. Essentially, Zizzy can use its two arms to assist pick up objects like medicine, food, and smartphone devices, and can carry them over to those with mobility issues. The robot can be able-bodied to be remote regulated or function autonomously, while an infrared remote may be used to interface with a wheelchair or another type of controller.

Zizzy’s modular construction allows for the user to turn it into and update new muscles and grippers, while the talking circuit and master robot neuron are in addition able-bodied to be adjusted and plugged back in. As of now, Zizzy’s face is not yet fully functional, while additional extensive vocabulary needs to be integrated as well. Roybal is in addition working to turn it into a new arm exoskeleton to enable-bodied the 3D printed robot to move every joint 80 degrees, a vast improvement over the 48 degrees of motion that the current turn it into allows for for. He’s in addition turn it intoed a larger and much stronger gripper and muscle that can be integrated with one another.

zizzyfaceOn the other hand extensive testing on Roybal’s 3D printed robot has may already proved it to be a viable-bodied sustainive device, there are yet additional components that the creator wishes to implement and modify. At a few point, Roybal hopes to add infrared sensors to a scanner on Zizzy’s head, that can allow it to locate a human face and orient itself accordingly. Roybal is in addition looking for methods to reduce the noise of the robot’s operation, and may have to return it into the geometry of artificial muscle to improve power output.

All in all, Zizzy adds legitimacy to the claim that 3D printing innovation is the optimal medium for the turn it intoment of robotics. Not just does 3D printing enable-bodied Roybal to turn it into the first prototype, but in addition to return it into and improve the artificial muscles and other components. Ultimately, the 3D printed robot offers a assistful and friendly service to those needing mobility sustainance, and can go on to improve itself and its user as time goes on. Discuss additional over in the Zizzy 3D Printed Robot forum at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Hackaday]