They are two of the most interesting areas in the technology segment: Robotics and 3D printing They seem doomed to go hand in hand, and developments such as the MIT show that this reality will come sooner rather than later.
A group of researchers from the laboratory of computer science and Artificial Intelligence at MIT have developed a system that allows you to create a new generation of robots in 3D printing. Novelty is a hydraulic system integrated into the manufacturing process which can then be used to provide movement to these creations.
New progress in 3D printing
As indicated Daniella Rus, the Director of this Department of the prestigious MIT, this type of system allows “attach a battery and a motor and you will have a robot that can practically nothing more walk out of the printer”.
To achieve this type of system, that if, a particularly accurate 3D printer is required that you may be able to create these small pipes. In fact for those structurally important areas the Photopolymer is subjected to a treatment of light ultrabioleta that makes that these parties harden quickly, while liquid portions remain in that State.
The research team had to try various combinations of solids and liquids before arriving at that combination that achieved the desired objective: print 3D “walking robot” in a single session. The result – printed in 22 hours, the process is so slow – is a hexapod moving thanks to 12 hydraulic pumps integrated into its structure.
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