The First Soft 3D Printed Robot

May 17, 2017

The First Soft 3D Printed Robot

Robotics and 3D Printing have been helping each other in advancing innovations in each respective industry.  Scientists have wanted to create more soft robots that could maneuver like their ridged counterparts, but haven't been able to get them to move outside of wiggling.  Although a team at UC San Diego has created a bot with a firm body and soft legs that can walk over rough terrains such as  sand or pebbles.

The legs of the robot feature a series of hollow chambers that were 3D-printed from soft, rubbery material. As they chambers are inflated, the legs move, making it ideal for the future of robotics, where soft robots are desired when interacting with fragile objects and even humans.  

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