Robot made with printer

For a polymathic backyard scientist, making robots could be one of the recreational activities provided if all the hardware necessary aren’t that expensive and are readily available. But this non-availability could be the thing of the past as scientists find a trailblazing new technique to make a robot out of paper with just inkjet printers with the idea taken from origami, and that too – 2D printer, not 3D printer. So technically if you have a printer, you can make a robot.

Two MIT scientists, Daniela Rus and Ankur Mehta explain the system of designing in the paper entitled “An End-to-End System for Designing Mechanical Structures for Print-and-fold Robots “.

The procedure involves a software which can exscind a two-dimensional pattern to any user’s choice and use of “cheap and easily available software and hardware tools and raw materials, making it accessible to a casual hobbyist.”

The only hardest part of the process is the use of Python scripts that array the end-to-end process of designing, and it also makes abstraction of two-dimensional fold patterns from three-dimensional shape possible.

The creators were awarded $10 million by the National Science Foundation as a funding. [MIT via Inventors Spot]

6 thoughts on “If You Have A Printer, You Can Make A Robot

  1. This looks likes tons of fun, but one needs to have both hands (I only have my clumsy lef), and even if I had both hands at my complete disposal, I think I’d still be all thumbs! :lol: I’d still like to try it, though!

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