What could be better than a mechanical device taking on repetitive, mundane tasks for us humans? 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000 aside, robotics is clearly a positive force in today’s society, improving everything from manufacturing (particularly suited for automotive assembly) to space exploration. And in just about every shape and form, robotics is becoming more effective and innovative with the help of additive manufacturing. Whether it’s creating functional prototypes to quickly field test designs or producing end-use parts, additive manufacturing is making robotics more accessible, more customizable, and easier to manufacture.
For recent earthly examples, consider Intel’s 3D printed humanoid robot named Jimmy, or Jarvis, designed by high school students, or industrial robotic arms used at Thogus. You might also look to the heavens as NASA engineers explore the possibility of using 3D printing robots in space to build lunar bases.
In this week’s “Refreshing Robotics with 3D Printing” series, we will be looking at all kinds of robotics applications made better and smarter with 3D printing. Yesterday we introduced you to Bodock - the 14-foot giant creature debuting at Comic-Con today. If you think that’s huge, stay tuned for more!