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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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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”.

 

Lockheed Martin’s largest 3D-printed spacecraft

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According to Lockheed Martin Space executive vice president Rick Ambrose,” Lockheed Martin’s titanium domes are the largest 3D-printed spacecraft parts.
Lockheed Martin has created its largest piece. This titanium domes to cover the fuel tanks of the satellites. The use of additive manufacturing can help satellites assemble faster and with less wasted materials.
Our largest 3D printed parts to date show we’re committed to a future where we produce satellites twice as fast and at half the cost”.

 

https://newatlas.com/lockheed-martin-largest-3d-printed-spacecraft-parts/55473/#gallery