New 3D Printed Robots Unveiled

3-D printed Robots

Recently, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers unveiled revolutionary new cube robots fitted with 3-D printed skins that transfer less than half the energy that would transfer to the ground at the computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory. It’s common knowledge that robots can break since they do not have good padding. However, this new research proves 3-D printed robotics could change this. The printed materials make the robots safer and more precise in their locomotion.

The new program technique allows the user to manipulate a program in every aspect of the 3-D printed material to their liking and specifications in line with the intended purpose of the robot, from stiffness to elasticity. Companies can use this invention to better longevity of drones, shoes, and other robotics materials.

The skins fitted absorb shock by up to four times more than previous robots enabling safe landing that is more precise. This specific aspect could increase durability of carrier and delivery drones. According to Daniela Brusa, the overseeing director and co-writer of a related book, these materials allows printing of 3-D print robots with viscoelastic properties that users can install during the printing process. The experiment done involves a 3-D cube robot that moves through bouncing after being fit with the shock absorber skins. The amount of energy transferred was half the average energy transferred to the ground.

The skins shock absorption makes all the difference that enables prevention of a drone’s rotor breaking or a sensor cracking after hitting a hard surface.