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3D printed active materials for robots

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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.”

 

https://www.arl.army.mil/www/default.cfm?article=3197

https://www.army.mil/article/203832/

 

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The combination of Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printers

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The combination of Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printers. The German engineering firm KUKA Robotics is prototyping a robotic arm that works with a MakerBot 3D printer to speed up the manufacture of robotic arms. Parts can be printed, retrieved and installed by a robot.

http://mashable.com/

 

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Custom orthotics 3D printing

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This is the good thing for us. We never find comfortable footwear because of certain feet conditions. Custom 3D printed orthotics can help us:)

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”.