Robotic Spider

Spider RobotGerman firm Fraunhofer has created a robotic spider for hazardous missions using 3D printing.

Spiders are very agile, and some can even jump. They owe this capability to their hydraulically operated limbs. Researchers have now designed a mobile robot modeled on the same principle that moves spider legs. Created using a 3-D printing process, this lightweight can explore terrain that is beyond human reach.

Using an elastic drive bellows, the eight legs are pneumatically controlled.  The robot is light , quick to produce and not costly thanks to a 3D printing method. The spider robot is so cheap that Fraunhofer envisions throwing it away after being only used once.  Anyone want a cheap 3D printable robotic spider army?

The robot will be shown at the upcoming Euromold trade show in Frankfurt Germany from November 29 – December 12.

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