3D printed active materials for robots, inspiration from invertebrates.
According to Dr. Ed Habtour, ARL researcher who specializes in nonlinear structural dynamics and lead author Ghazaleh Haghiashtiani, “Current military robots have two major limitations that restrict them from mimicking the locomotion of biological organisms. Unlike current 3-D printed DEAs, the new fabrication method does not require post-processing steps, such as assembly, drying or annealing. With the new 3-D printing method, the Solider can take advantage of the unique actuation properties of soft DEAs at the fundamental materials level with microscale resolution and complexity, with minimal prior expertise.”
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According to Go 4-D,” 3-D printing becoming a viable option for orthotics, they knew that better technology, better orthotics, and better service, was possible. This is the first company to offer affordable 3-D printed medical orthotics through an efficient, high-tech platform”.
3D Printing food safe PLA for 3D printers,
According to Filaments.ca 3D Printing Materials,”They are introducing 3D Printing food safe PLA for 3D printers, filament Samples. Samples available in the following materials. Interested in testing out Filaments.ca brand materials or just need a small amount of filament”.
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According to Asst Prof Pham from NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, “We envisioned a team of robots which can be transported to a work site, print large pieces of concrete structures and then move on to the next project once the parts have been printed.
This research builds on the knowledge we have acquired from developing a robot to autonomously assemble. But this latest project is more complex in terms of planning, execution, and on a much larger scale.”