3d printing and robotics

Researchers Develop 3D Printed Soft Robotic Mechanism, Inspired by Origami Tower, For Use on the Assembly Line

Researchers Develop 3D Printed Soft Robotic Mechanism, Inspired by Origami Tower, For Use on the Assembly Line

3D printed robots come in all shapes and sizes – we’ve seen cute robots, robots that can crawl, or walk on 3D printed legs, robots that resemble eels, and humans, and even biohybrid robots based on sea slugs. This last robot was the result of a project at the Cleveland, Ohio-based Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). […]

3D printed robots come in all shapes and sizes – we’ve seen cute robots, robots that can crawl, or walk on 3D printed legs, robots that resemble eels, and humans, and even biohybrid robots based on sea slugs. This last robot was the result of a project at...
Cazza Construction Technologies Introduces 3D Printing Construction Robots and Sees High Demand

Cazza Construction Technologies Introduces 3D Printing Construction Robots and Sees High Demand

We first heard about California-based technology startup Cazza Construction Technologies last November, when it entered the scene with its ambitious goal of constructing 3D printed smart cities all around the world. The 3D printing construction technology company got off to a good start when it announced a collaboration with Dubai, and pledged to provide the […]

We first heard about California-based technology startup Cazza Construction Technologies last November, when it entered the scene with its ambitious goal of constructing 3D printed smart cities all around the world. The 3D printing construction technology company got...
Fraunhofer ILT Debuting New Process That Combines Welding, 3D Printing, and Robotics

Fraunhofer ILT Debuting New Process That Combines Welding, 3D Printing, and Robotics

How often do you combine welding, 3D printing, and robotics? We typically see variations of two of these three things paired together, but not often all three in the same project. This November, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be presenting at the electronics development and production productronica trade fair in Munich, showcasing its […]

How often do you combine welding, 3D printing, and robotics? We typically see variations of two of these three things paired together, but not often all three in the same project. This November, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be presenting at...
3D Printed Robot Prototype Inspired by Hitchhiker Fish Can Cling to Underwater Surfaces

3D Printed Robot Prototype Inspired by Hitchhiker Fish Can Cling to Underwater Surfaces

These days, you don’t often see a person standing alone on the side of the highway with their arm out and their thumb up, looking to hitch a ride – by now, we all know the many potential dangers of both offering or accepting a ride. I think Phoebe says it best in an episode […]

These days, you don’t often see a person standing alone on the side of the highway with their arm out and their thumb up, looking to hitch a ride – by now, we all know the many potential dangers of both offering or accepting a ride. I think Phoebe says it...
Researchers Use 3D Printed End Plates and Paper Origami Mechanisms to Create Flexible, Inching Robots

Researchers Use 3D Printed End Plates and Paper Origami Mechanisms to Create Flexible, Inching Robots

A team of students and professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been working on innovative research that illustrates how they used bio-inspired design and origami structures to make small, crawling robots. The research team is with the university’s Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE). We’ve seen origami, 3D printing, and robotics […]

A team of students and professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been working on innovative research that illustrates how they used bio-inspired design and origami structures to make small, crawling robots. The research team is with the...
MIT CSAIL's Interactive Robogami System Makes it Easy to Design and 3D Print Your Own Origami-Inspired Robots

MIT CSAIL's Interactive Robogami System Makes it Easy to Design and 3D Print Your Own Origami-Inspired Robots

For years, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have been working with 3D printing and robotics, making robots 3D printed in one step and 3D printed robots that can put themselves together. Now, they’ve come up with a unique system for non-experts to design custom 3D printable robots in one sitting. […]

For years, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have been working with 3D printing and robotics, making robots 3D printed in one step and 3D printed robots that can put themselves together. Now, they’ve...
Inexpensive Robot with Open Source, 3D Printed Components Cracks a Safe in 30 Minutes at Hacker Convention

Inexpensive Robot with Open Source, 3D Printed Components Cracks a Safe in 30 Minutes at Hacker Convention

While the 3D printed, PIN-protected door lock by HPI looks cool, I’m pretty sure that a determined thief would find a way to get past it. The 3D printed, heavy duty Stealth Key system looks to be much more difficult to get around, but what’s even more high-tech than a lock or a key? A […]

While the 3D printed, PIN-protected door lock by HPI looks cool, I’m pretty sure that a determined thief would find a way to get past it. The 3D printed, heavy duty Stealth Key system looks to be much more difficult to get around, but what’s even more...
14-Year-Old Creates Low-Cost Cancer Detection Platform Combining 3D Printing, Robotics, Computer Programming

14-Year-Old Creates Low-Cost Cancer Detection Platform Combining 3D Printing, Robotics, Computer Programming

Whoever said that kids are the future was pretty smart. Now that 3D printing technology is much more readily available in schools, libraries, and makerspaces, we’re seeing young, innovative minds making waves in many areas with their creative and sometimes life-changing ideas. We’ve recently heard about 13-year-old 3D printing fashion designer Ariel and 10-year-old 3D […]

Whoever said that kids are the future was pretty smart. Now that 3D printing technology is much more readily available in schools, libraries, and makerspaces, we’re seeing young, innovative minds making waves in many areas with their creative and sometimes...
UC San Diego Researchers' Soft Robot Can Walk Over Rough Terrain with Four 3D Printed Legs

UC San Diego Researchers' Soft Robot Can Walk Over Rough Terrain with Four 3D Printed Legs

We’ve seen some pretty fascinating 3D printing research in the medical field out of the University of California San Diego over the last couple of years, like a 3D printed blood vessel network and 3D printed liver tissue. But recently, a mechanical engineering professor from UC San Diego has been hard at work on his […]

We’ve seen some pretty fascinating 3D printing research in the medical field out of the University of California San Diego over the last couple of years, like a 3D printed blood vessel network and 3D printed liver tissue. But recently, a mechanical engineering...
MIT's Mediated Matter Lab Develops Mobile, Autonomous Robot and 3D Prints Large Dome Structure in Hours

MIT's Mediated Matter Lab Develops Mobile, Autonomous Robot and 3D Prints Large Dome Structure in Hours

3D printing has revolutionized how we manufacture things today, from the smallest nanostructures to the tallest buildings. One institution that always seems to be right in the thick of the latest 3D printing innovations is MIT, and its materials science and design Mediated Matter group, which focuses on nature-inspired design and design-inspired nature. The research group […]

3D printing has revolutionized how we manufacture things today, from the smallest nanostructures to the tallest buildings. One institution that always seems to be right in the thick of the latest 3D printing innovations is MIT, and its materials science and...
Duke University Students Use 3D Printing to Create Robotic Vehicle, Designed to Keep Police Officers and Civilians Safe

Duke University Students Use 3D Printing to Create Robotic Vehicle, Designed to Keep Police Officers and Civilians Safe

I, like probably most American drivers, have been pulled over by the cops a time or two. They were fairly minor incidents: speeding, and once for a burned out headlight. I doubt the police officers who pulled me over thought that I looked threatening, but luckily, it’s not my job to determine who and who […]

I, like probably most American drivers, have been pulled over by the cops a time or two. They were fairly minor incidents: speeding, and once for a burned out headlight. I doubt the police officers who pulled me over thought that I looked threatening, but luckily,...
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Awarded $960K National Science Foundation Grant to Study Robotics and Future Manufacturing Needs

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Awarded $960K National Science Foundation Grant to Study Robotics and Future Manufacturing Needs

It seems like every morning when I turn on my favorite radio show, the DJs are talking about whatever random holiday it is. Forget the well-known ones, like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Memorial Day…I’m talking about the random ones. For instance, did you know that today, February 17th, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day? […]

It seems like every morning when I turn on my favorite radio show, the DJs are talking about whatever random holiday it is. Forget the well-known ones, like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Memorial Day…I’m talking about the random ones. For instance,...
Thermosetting Composite Materials: Atropos Creates New Relationship Between 3D Printing & Robotics

Thermosetting Composite Materials: Atropos Creates New Relationship Between 3D Printing & Robotics

Most of us are aware, if only vaguely, of the story of the Three Fates in Greek mythology. Also known as the moirai, the three goddesses (and sisters) played quite a large role in that they held others’ lives in their hands—even those of the other gods. Now, Atropos, one of the sisters with the […]

Most of us are aware, if only vaguely, of the story of the Three Fates in Greek mythology. Also known as the moirai, the three goddesses (and sisters) played quite a large role in that they held others’ lives in their hands—even those of the other gods. Now,...
Set Up Your Own Tend.ai Mini-Factory with a Robot Manager & Team of 3D Printers

Set Up Your Own Tend.ai Mini-Factory with a Robot Manager & Team of 3D Printers

It’s often said that while robots are able to do jobs that humans simply can’t, whether that’s because they are working in extreme or overtime conditions, sometimes robots are able to do the jobs we don’t want to do as well. Project management can be a stressful task—especially in manufacturing—when tight deadlines loom and everyone […]

It’s often said that while robots are able to do jobs that humans simply can’t, whether that’s because they are working in extreme or overtime conditions, sometimes robots are able to do the jobs we don’t want to do as well. Project management can be a stressful...
Sex, WiFi, & 3D Printing: The Secrets to Happy Robot Reproduction in Amsterdam

Sex, WiFi, & 3D Printing: The Secrets to Happy Robot Reproduction in Amsterdam

“…And a robot is born.” Remember that part of your heart reserved solely for fluffy kitties, furry puppies, and sleepy hedgehogs? Tell everyone to scooch over—that’s right—and make some room up in there for cooing baby robots. They might one day require sufficient adulation through social media memes as well, although surely their parents’ motherboards […]

“…And a robot is born.” Remember that part of your heart reserved solely for fluffy kitties, furry puppies, and sleepy hedgehogs? Tell everyone to scooch over—that’s right—and make some room up in there for cooing baby robots. They might one day require sufficient...
World Economic Forum Report: Existing Workforce Must Prepare, Re-Skill & Up-Skill for Impending Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum Report: Existing Workforce Must Prepare, Re-Skill & Up-Skill for Impending Fourth Industrial Revolution

“If every tool, when ordered, or even of its own accord, could do the work that befits it… then there would be no need either of apprentices for the master workers or of slaves for the lords.” – Aristotle Humans have such a love/hate relationship with technology that it’s almost comical. All of our own […]

“If every tool, when ordered, or even of its own accord, could do the work that befits it… then there would be no need either of apprentices for the master workers or of slaves for the lords.” – Aristotle Humans have such a love/hate relationship with...
3D Printed MrRobot Gives You Voice, Touch & Shake Control of Open Source Rapiro Robot

3D Printed MrRobot Gives You Voice, Touch & Shake Control of Open Source Rapiro Robot

Previously, it would have been hard imagining devices like the topic of this article–useful products being printed layer by layer, brought into existence at the desktop, and controlled wirelessly by a phone mostly used for taking pictures, texting, and applications. It truly wasn’t all that long ago that robots were mainly just a thing out […]

Previously, it would have been hard imagining devices like the topic of this article–useful products being printed layer by layer, brought into existence at the desktop, and controlled wirelessly by a phone mostly used for taking pictures, texting, and...
The 3D Printed OctaWorm Robot Can Go Where No Other Robot Can

The 3D Printed OctaWorm Robot Can Go Where No Other Robot Can

Imagine a collapsed building that has been reduced to a pile of tangled rubble, steel beams and debris. Now try to imagine how many living people may be trapped under the thousands of tons of that collapsed building, clinging desperately to life. How will you reach them? How will you even know where they are? […]

Imagine a collapsed building that has been reduced to a pile of tangled rubble, steel beams and debris. Now try to imagine how many living people may be trapped under the thousands of tons of that collapsed building, clinging desperately to life. How will you reach...