MIT Prints A Walking Robot With No Assembly Needed


MIT researchers have created a working hydraulic
robot from a single 3D print. Meaning the robot can move right off the printer after
its done. No assembly required. The tiny, six-legged robots are out of MIT’s
CSAIL computer science lab and are made of both liquid and solid parts that are fully
functional right after the printing process. The group used a printer from Stratasys – one
of the largest 3D printer makers – and it can work with eight different materials at
the same time. You’ll need to stick in a battery and motor
to operate the machines BUT MIT’s robots can pretty much walk right off the printer
after the process is done. MIT is known for producing intriguing robotics
projects – it’s hooked up with DARPA, NASA and other organizations to create humanoid
robots in the past. This fully assembled robot from CSAIL isn’t
exactly C3PO but it can walk off the printer using built-in bellows. The robot only weighs
about a pound and a half and is six inches long. The little bellows allow fluid pressure
to build up to the legs and push the tiny robot forward in a walking motion. The new MIT technology could have some pretty
big implications in manufacturing’s future. Think of printing up other household machinery
in one go and just adding batteries. It also opens up new possibilities for how
we might design our future robot overlords. Think about it? What happens when the robots
figure out they can just print more of themselves with the flip of a switch?

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