A fascinating new motion system has been developed that just might have an application or two in the 3D print world.
The Next Level of 3D Printing: FreeD Printing is Redefining Slicing
FreeD Printing is a software company producing software that can slice your 3D model in ways you can’t imagine.
Research Breakthrough Enables One-Step 3D Printed Robots
A research team from UCLA has been able to 3D print a small robot in (almost) a single print job.
Design of the Week: RobBob 2 DOF Robot Head
This week’s selection is “RobBob” a mechanical robot head with two degrees of freedom, by JBV Creative.
Design of the Week: Powered 3D Printed BB8
This week’s selection is the BB8 by reddit contributor Nachos-printer.
Petoi Bittle: Build and Program Your Very Own Robot Dog
If you’ve always dreamed of making your own robot or love the STEMI Hexapod bot but never had the technical know-how to do so, then boy do I have just the robotic dog for you.
The Savioke Relay, Google-Backed Hotel Robots, And 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding discusses the rising use of robots in hotels, and how 3D printing might help in their creation.
Horses And Robot Dogs Can Leave the Ground
Charles R. Goulding discusses 3D printing in helping all four legs leap.
ABB: Ugly Duckling Decentralization And 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Ryan Donley discuss 3D printing experience in ABB’s business groups.
3D Printing Our Way To Robotic Surgeries
Charles Goulding and Andressa Bonafe explore the rising usage of 3D printing in increasingly automated surgical tasks.
Ultraviolet C Robots And 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Adam Friedman check out 3D printing used for building new robots that may help slow the spread of pandemic.
Higher Plant Floor Overhead Allocations Drive 3D Printing Robot Component Sales
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi examine the new normal for robot usage in the 3D printing industry.
150 3D Printed Robots To Be Assembled And Offered To STEM Students
A young engineering student, Danielle Boyer, has developed an inexpensive robot targeted at educators and students, and soon there will be 150 of them heading to institutions.
Design of the Week: Terrain Robot
This week’s selection is the unstoppable 3D printed Terrain Robot by Cults 3D contributor HK_ADLER.
A Conversation in STEAM: Part Two
Robots, STEAM, and entrepreneurship: a chat with Danielle Boyer.
How 3D Printing Can Help the US Robot Industry
Charles Goulding and Ian Brown of R&D Tax Savers discuss 3D printing in the robotics industry.
3D Print Community: Otto DIY
This month’s selection for our community support program is the fascinating Otto DIY project: build your own robot.
Siemens Contemplating “Swarm” 3D Printing?
A report on Forbes details work undertaken by Siemens to develop a “mobile robotic 3D printer” concept.
Meet the EU’s LASSIM Project
The EU is sponsoring a project that is attempting to create the “world’s largest hybrid manufacturing machine”.
Extreme 3D Printing Automation at Voodoo Manufacturing
Voodoo Manufacturing’s amazing project Skywalker portends an explosive robotic future.
3D Printing: The Key to the Solar System
A new paper from NASA proposes how to leverage 3D printing and robotics technologies to literally take over the solar system.
Artec 3D’s Experimental 3D Scan Automation System
Handheld 3D scanner operators might find this interesting: an experimental robotic 3D scanning system.
A Sweet Spot for Viridis3D’s 3D Printing Foundry Solution
EnvisionTEC’s subsidiary Viridis3D has been developing a unique system for 3D printing sand molds for use in foundries.
A First Look at Figure 4, Industrial 3D Printing from 3D Systems
As the industrial 3D printing market shifts into fifth gear, all of the major 3D printer manufacturers are unveiling new systems best fitted for end part production.
What Is “Industry 4.0” and How Does 3D Printing Fit Into It?
I’ve been hearing more mentions of “Industry 4.0” and “3D Printing” in the same sentence. What does this all mean?
Siemens’ Spiders Could Lead To Massive 3D Printing Projects
Research at engineering giant Siemens seems to be developing a kind of mobile 3D printing robot.
MIT Team 3D Prints Functioning Robot in a Single Step
Though the field of robotics is evolving at a rapid pace, there is a good deal of progress to be made on almost every front.
AIO Robotics’ Breakthrough Idea For Educational 3D Printing
AIO has been producing desktop 3D printers for some time, but now they’ve come up with an incredibly useful idea that all educators cannot ignore.
Design of the Week: Kinect Controlled Dinosaurs
This week’s selection is the ambitious Kinect Controlled Dinosaurs by the Animal Simulation Laboratory at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Design of the Week: Robot Drinky
This week’s selection is the amazingly lifelike “Robot Drinky” by Korea-based Euchan Park.
STL Hive’s 3D Models Focus on RC, Robotics
A small startup called STL Hive hopes to become the hub for 3D models for “students, hobbyists and inventors”. But we found a lot of RC and Robotics models.
A Glimpse at Autodesk’s Robotics Lab of the Future
A recent piece by FastCompany details the new direction that software giant Autodesk is moving at their Applied Research Lab at Pier 9 in San Francisco.
A Seahorse Shows How 3D Printed Robots Can Be Much, Much Better
Dr. Michael M. Porter of Clemson University in South Carolina and team have discovered something very interesting about the mechanics of seahorses – and it may change 3D printed robotics.
3D Printed Furniture Venture Launched by Drawn
France-based Drawn has developed a line of 3D printed furniture using a robotic printing approach.
Design of the Week: Codename Colossus
This week’s selection is the fabulous Codename Colossus kinetic toy by Machination Studio.
3D Printed Robots from The Poppy Project
Robotics and often 3D printing go together and now there’s a project specifically for that.
3D Printed UAV will Auto-Follow; Film Sports Exploits
Extreme sports enthusiasts will never miss a flip, turn or jump again with the new AirDog and AirLeash products from Latvia-based Helico Aerospace Industries.
17-Year Old Creates 3D Printed Robot
Many people build robots using 3D printing, but this very unusual specimen was designed and printed by a seventeen year old from the UK.
The MX3D: A Robotic 3D Printer
On the heels of its debut in May 2013, the MX3D-resin printer has already evolved from a machine only capable of building in plastic to one that can print in a variety of metals.
3D Printed Robotic Futures
Michael Overstreet has written his thoughts on the future of robotics as affected by 3D printing on i.Materialise. He believes that 3D printing should encourage rapid creation of new forms of robotics over the next few years. Clearly, the first and most obvious point is that robotic models and associated ideas are accessible via… Continue reading 3D Printed Robotic Futures
Adorable 3D Printed Humanoid Robot
Researchers studying bipedalism and human-robot interaction at France’s INRIA have created an affordable 3D printed humanoid robot. Called Poppy, the 33 inch tall robot was designed, printed, and built for about US$11,000. This is around one third of the cost of comparable robots. Most of the budget is spent on complex servo motors.… Continue reading Adorable 3D Printed Humanoid Robot
3D Scans Obtained By Drones
A new approach to capturing 3D scans of extremely large objects has been pioneered by senseFly, who produce the eBee drone series. They teamed with Drone Adventures, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the power of drones, to capture a detailed scan of the Matterhorn, Europe’s tallest mountain. A team scaled the mountain and… Continue reading 3D Scans Obtained By Drones
3D Printed Robotic Arm
Over the last week the London Science Museum has been showcasing 600 objects created by 3D printers. While every piece in the show highlights the strength of the technology, one object, a transparent robotic prosthetic, is unique in that it offers a forecast of where 3D printing is headed. Created by researchers at the… Continue reading 3D Printed Robotic Arm
The Creepiest Thing Ever 3D Printed
We anticipated a very cool robot when we watched the video. But we all went “ick”, too. The Robugtix T8 is a robotic octopod (a.k.a. spider) that’s largely made of 3D printed body parts. It’s the motion that is so creepy. The motion is realistic, but also strange. It’s as if the T8 is… Continue reading The Creepiest Thing Ever 3D Printed
Mataerial Offers a New Way to 3D Print
Virtually all 3D printers today use a layered approach, where the object being printed is “sliced” into layers, or horizontal planes, which are printed using whichever technology is at hand. But a project by researchers from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and Joris Laarman Lab proves there is another way. The Mataerial… Continue reading Mataerial Offers a New Way to 3D Print
A 3D Printed Snowblower
Supermaker Kris Kortright has been building a “Snow Droid”. The project involved adding robotic capability to a standard Snapper 24″ Snow Blower using electronics from Adafruit. While winter is now officially over, the project began last fall, and as far as we can tell, is still in progress. The Snow Droid’s key feature is… Continue reading A 3D Printed Snowblower
iRobot Moving Into 3D Printing?
A very detailed patent was recently issued to iRobot and Raytheon for a “Robot Fabricator”. iRobot is well-known for their Roomba series of household cleaning ‘bots, but they’re also manufacturers of many commercial and military robots. Raytheon is a long-time high-tech industrial focusing on military and electronics markets. Together they bring a huge amount… Continue reading iRobot Moving Into 3D Printing?
3D Systems now has robots! Well, not actual robots, but instead a system of 3D models that can be assembled into a huge variety of robot shapes. The robot pieces include arms, legs, torsos, etc., but also accessories such as ray guns and backpacks. The pieces are intended to be assembled and fit together… Continue reading Cubify’s Robots
A Real Robot 3D Printer
The folks at Hackaday found a 190 pound experimental 3D printer made from a scrap industrial robot arm – and it actually works. Made by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute undergrad and maker extraordinary Dane Kouttron, this project required an enormous amount of effort to convert the surplus robot arm into a working 3D printer. The… Continue reading A Real Robot 3D Printer
I’m Printing On A Jet Plane
Almost. MakerBot posts an incredible story of Japanese designer Yoshishiro Shibata, who desperately required a shield for the robot he was taking to Robogames. Why didn’t he just make one? Because he was out of time and actually enroute to the US, flying over the Pacific Ocean. The solution? A quick sketch design and… Continue reading I’m Printing On A Jet Plane
On Demand 3D Printed Robots?
MIT has organized a US$10M grant to fund a new project that will attempt to “reinvent how robots are designed and produced“. They feel this could have a “profound impact on society”, when one could “order” a special purpose robot on demand and very quickly receive it. They’re trying to bypass the current methods… Continue reading On Demand 3D Printed Robots?
3D Systems Picks Up Robots, And More
Industry giant 3D Systems has made another acquisition, and this one appears to be a little different than previous purchases. They’ve acquired specialty 3D print service MyRobotNation, whom we’ve written about in the past. MyRobotNation’s specialty is, well, robots. Personalized robots. The service provides users with a very easy to use (and fun) interface… Continue reading 3D Systems Picks Up Robots, And More
Another 3D Printed Proposal
Earlier we wrote of how an Objet employee created a special engagement ring using 3D printing and successfully proposed marriage with it. Now we’re pointed to another similar scenario, this time involving 3D print service MyRobotNation. MyRobotNation is one of several small 3D print services that specialize in a particular genre. Of course, theirs… Continue reading Another 3D Printed Proposal
My Robot Nation Lives
This past August we learned of a new specialized 3D print service under development, My Robot Nation. It specializes (obviously) in printed robots. The service works much like 2D web-based composition tools and games, where you select parts from a library to build up your robot. My Robot Nation provides a variety of stickers,… Continue reading My Robot Nation Lives
My Robot Nation is Coming
Design News tells of a not-quite-opened 3D printing service: My Robot Nation. It’s a joint venture between ZCorp, Kodama Studios and Offload Studios (one of ZCorp’s print services clients). They’re attempting to bridge the gap that exists in the 3D printing space right now: where are some great printable objects? Specifically, robots. There’s not… Continue reading My Robot Nation is Coming
3D Printed Ornithopter Wings
Researchers at the Cornell Computational Synthesis Laboratory building a miniature ornithopter (that’s a flying device that uses flapping wing motions for lift) had a problem: the wings were difficult to create due to their small size and mechanical requirements. The problem was solved by using 3D printing techniques to create the wings. The… Continue reading 3D Printed Ornithopter Wings
Hexapod Emerges from 3D Printer
Matt Bunting is a student who’s been interested in building robots for many years. Finally at the University of Arizona he was able to do so, partly by using the University’s Dimension 3D printer. The very complex leg assemblies were printed in eleven hours, using a great deal of support material. The design was such… Continue reading Hexapod Emerges from 3D Printer
Wallpaper Magazine Awards “R-O-B” Best Builder Award
Normally we who follow the 3D printing world expect to see a (probably) beige printer-like box containing a steamy build chamber from which excellent 3D objects are extracted. But the R-O-B is a very different kind of additive “printer”. It’s actually a full-scale industrial robot that’s mounted inside a standard shipping container. The shipping container… Continue reading Wallpaper Magazine Awards “R-O-B” Best Builder Award
Printing the NanoSeeker
Once in a while we read another piece about 3D printing and it causes us to step back and take stock of what’s really going on. This time it was an entry from Jon Hyland’s blog, where he’s been using a newly acquired 3D printer. Jon appears to be one who’s pushing the edge of… Continue reading Printing the NanoSeeker
“Fully Functional Biorobots”
Do you know about the new Biorobotics and Biometrics lab in Israel? Founded in 2006 byDr. Alon Wolf, BRML, is a new lab in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. The scope of work done in the BRML provides the framework for fundamental theories in kinematics and mechanism… Continue reading “Fully Functional Biorobots”
Robots Constructed with 3D Printer
At the Sandusky Robot Games students entered a competition in which they must construct a robot capable of tossing a 40″ inflatable ball over a set height. While they had many challenges in constructing such a device, they did make use of a 3D printer to manufacture certain necessary unique parts. The video shows the… Continue reading Robots Constructed with 3D Printer