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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an interactive design platform to create 3D printed robots.
The interactive tool guides the design process of robotics with a drag and drop function before the robot’s parts can be 3D printed and combined with off-the-shelf actuators. The toolkit was developed by Carnegie Mellon’s Ruta Desai, Stelian Coros, and master’s student Ye Yuan. It is hoped the tool will encourage use of robotics and allow users to become more familiar with robotic technology.
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Gif shows the dragging of components to create the robo-calligrapher design. Images via Ruta Desai.
The purpose of the toolkit is to provide an accessible guide for both amateurs and professionals to build robots. The interface of the system is designed for ease of use and provides users with different components which can then be dragged and dropped into place. The software will automatically provide suggestions for where modules should be placed and the components will click into place when dragged towards the suggested positions.
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In addition, the platform features a simulation software that will test the design and notify the user if it will not function properly when fabricated. To demonstrate the potential of the software the team created two different robots, the ‘robo-calligrapher’ and the ‘Puppy.’ 3D printing has proven a useful manufacturing tool for robots in recent years and researchers at UC San Diego recently 3D printed an all-terrain soft robot.
Stelian Coros, assistant professor...
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