Do You Know Where Your Robot Is? Check 3D Printing!

3d printed robot jarvis
Jarvis, 3D printed by students at Johns Creek High School using a Stratasys uPrint SE 3D Printer

ST_Robotics_finalWhat 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.

End of arm robotic tooling produced at Thogus using Stratasys FDM-based 3D Printers
End of arm robotic tooling produced at Thogus using Stratasys FDM-based 3D Printers

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!

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Carrie Wyman

Carrie is a technology and 3D printing enthusiast, with a passion for beautiful design.

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