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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.
Over at Thingiverse, the online file sharing website for MakerBot folks, user WilliamAAdams has made another printable robot called Yazzo PolyBot. This is a Delta robot, which is generally used for picking and packaging and has 3 arms. Delta robots were invented in the 1980′s by Reymond Clavel at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
The entire robot was not printed, but all the off white, yellowish plastic parts you see in the photo were made from a RepRap printer. Robots can now print out robot parts. When will robots be able to print themselves out entirely?
See our previous post on a Folding Printable Robots From UC Berkley.
Nice job William. We can’t wait to see Yazzo Polybot fired up and moving, but for now click through for a video of a different Delta Robot in action to get an idea of how they operate.