As more 3D printers enter homes and classrooms, more robots are going to be printed with them. Let’s hope they’re nice!
3D printing, robotics, and prosthetics are all great technologies, so combining them all together only makes sense.
A pumping heart will not be a differentiator between humans and robots, as researchers at the University of West England have printed a heart for their EcoBot II.
A little boy born without fingers on one hand is given the ability to grasp objects with a partially 3D printed Robohand.
Having only a year to work on it so far, French sculptor Gael Langevin already has the upper half of an open-source robot operating and on Thingiverse.
3D printing is soon to go beyond near-net shape manufacturing with a robotic finishing system patented by iRobot, makers of the Roomba.
While there are plenty of fun and silly things on Thingiverse, there are pages and pages of practical tools and gadgets, including printable robotic arms.
A bio-bot is a biological machine made with hydrogel, heart cell, and of course–since you are reading it here–a 3D printer.