Robotics

Open Source Robotic Indoor Airship with 3D Printed Frame

3D printing is often used in the fabrication of airplane and spacecraft components, but many also turn to the technology to make smaller flying systems, like drones, RC and model…

Purdue University Researchers 3D Printing Microrobots with Integrated Color

Researchers from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University have developed an innovative new patterning approach for applications like drug delivery in biomedical applications. Detailing their research in the…

NTU Singapore: Robotic Post-Processing System Removes Residual Powder from 3D Printed Parts

Researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore wrote a paper, titled “Development of a Robotic System for Automated Decaking of 3D-Printed Parts,” about their work attempting to circumvent a significant…

Using Robotic GMAW Additive Manufacturing to Make Metal Components for Industrial Applications

Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) additive manufacturing is a more affordable metal technology, with a high deposition rate for potentially fabricating medium and large components. Van Thao Le, with Le…

Grant Imahara Uses Digital Modeling & 3D Printing to Make Adorable Animatronic Baby Yoda

I do love a good Star Wars 3D print, and I know many others do as well. A popular character in the Star Wars universe is obviously Jedi Master Yoda,…

German Researchers Develop 3D Printed Hand Prosthetics Controlled by Augmented Reality Glasses

In the recently published ‘Non-contact visual control of personalized hand prostheses/exoskeletons by tracking using augmented reality glasses,’ German researchers Simon Hazubski, Harald Hoppe, and Andreas Otte (all from Offenburg University)…

Twente AM Live Streams Large-Scale 3D Printing of Concrete Formwork

Dutch company Twente Additive Manufacturing B.V. (Twente AM, or TAM) is working to change the home building industry for the better, by challenging traditional construction methods through the use of…

Korea: The 3D Printable Open-Source Anthropomorphic Robot Hand System (HRI)

Hyeonjun Park and Donghan Kim of Kyung Hee University in Korea are innovating within the robotics realm, detailing their efforts in the recently published ‘An open-source anthropomorphic robot hand system:…

MIT: New Algorithms for Robotic Spatial Extrusion Planning

MIT scientists are researching new ways to improve automated systems, outlining their findings in the recently published ‘Scalable and Probabilistically Complete Planning for Robotic Spatial Extrusion.’ Exploring new ways to…

Somatosensitive Actuators Integrated into Soft Robotics via 3D Printing

US researchers delve further into soft robotics, outlining their findings in the recently published ‘Soft Somatosensitive Actuators via Embedded 3D Printing.’ Developing a new method relying on soft somatosensitive actuators…

South Korea: 3D Printed Myolectric Hand Orthotics Improve Hand Function for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

In the recently published ‘Development of 3D-printed myoelectric hand orthosis for patients with spinal cord injury,’ South Korean researchers propose the design for an innovative new wearable medical device meant…

TU Delft Researcher Wins ISSMO/Springer Prize for Space-Time Topology Optimization in Additive Manufacturing

Researchers from TU Delft have not only developed a new method for optimizing structures and their fabrication sequences, but the main author has also won the ISSMO/Springer prize from the…

Robotics Manufacturing at the Next Level with 4D Printed Soft Robotics

Authors Ali Zolfagharian, Akif Kaynak, and Abbas Kouzani explore the growing science of soft robotics, outlining their findings in the recently published ‘Closed-loop 4D-printed soft robots.’ Emphasizing how fast this…

Quebec: New Framework for 3D Printing Soft Robotics

‘Geometric Simulation and Additive Manufacturing of Multi-Material Soft Robots’ is a recent master’s thesis by Christopher-Denny Matte, a student at Concordia University (Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science Mechanical,…

Generative Design, Digital Twin, WAAM 3D Printing Used to Optimize Industrial Robot Arm

3D printing specialist MX3D has been working on a metal AM technology to create large items, such as bicycles and bridges, using robots. Now, the Dutch startup has partnered up…

3D Printed: The Radiotherapy-Compatible Robotic System

In ‘Radiotherapy-Compatible Robotic System for Multi-Landmark Positioning in Head and Neck Cancer Treatments,’ authors Mark Ostyn, Siqiu Wang, Yun-Soung Kim, Siyong Kim, and Woon-Hong Yeo discuss the challenges of dealing…

Researchers Recreate Hopping Disney/Pixar Lamp with 3D Printed Actuator

3D printing has previously been employed to create passive mechanisms and machines, as well as the actuators used to make them go. According to a new paper, titled “A Miniature…

3D Print the New Youbionic Human Arm at Home or Through a Service

Youbionic, founded in 2015, has recently released its new Human Arm. The wildly creative Italian tech startup is on a mission to accentuate already sophisticated technology around the world, while…

4DHybrid Project: Modern AM to Support the Maintenance Repair Operations Value Chain

As 3D printing technology progresses at an accelerated speed, research and development efforts around the world continue to ascend into the realm of 4D. Now, the 4DHybrid Project, coordinated by…

Slovak Republic: New Printhead for 3D Printing & Recycling Using Robot Arms

In ‘Design of the 3D Printhead with Extruder for the Implementation of 3D Printing from Plastic and Recycling by Industrial Robot,’ authors Martin Pollák, Jakub Kaščak, Monika Telišková, and Jozef…

3D Printed Cellular Fingers Offer Material Balance Required for Modern Robotics

In ‘Toward a Smart Compliant Robotic Gripper Equipped with 3D-Designed Cellular Fingers,’ authors Manpreet Kaur and Woo Soo Kim delve into the world of combining 3D printing and robotics. Their…

TU Delft Researchers Create Soft Robotics that Respond to Color-Based Sensors

As 3D printing and robotics continue to collide and complement each other, new machines are being created. In soft robotics, we’re seeing the emergence of a class of machines that…

MIT: Automated System Designs and 3D Prints Optimized Actuators and Displays to Spec

Actuators are complex devices that mechanically control robotic systems in response to electrical signals received. Depending on the specific application they’re used for, today’s robotic actuators have to be optimized…