Multi-material 3D printed Soft Robots

This video shows Multi-material 3D printed Soft Robots, which is a lot of fun stuff in one package. Researchers from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University developed a really fast way to switch materials while 3D printing and then used it to print robots that were a combination of soft and rigid parts.

Fantastic! I would love to see this used for easily dissolved support material, or circuits embedded into the bones of my robots.


DIY 3D Printing a Slew Bearing

Printed this bearing to try and reduce number of parts and shave weight without breaking the bank.  Pretty good for a first try.  Right now I’m mostly getting ready for the Bay Area Maker Faire, then I’m going to put some bevelled gears in the wrist and move up to 5DOF.  There’s a lot of people asking for a 3D printer nozzle on this thing, so I’m going to get in the gear and see about making that happen over the summer.

Oh yeah, follow the link above to get the STL file and the Instructables link if you want to make your own.  Please tell your friends, skull, and comment.


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