It seems like the emerging 3D technology is developing rapidly more than our expectations, not only as independent technology, but also by integrating it with others such as artificial intelligence to produce 3D printed robot that can show emotions and imitate human actions and reactions.
Roboy can move its limps using 48 3D printed muscles and say simple words to reflect happiness or anger with his face color changes to red. Roboy robot is built by the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich in a nine months project. The project team was directed by Pro. Rolf Pfeifer and 40 engineers and scientists.
The 3D printed robot researchers used the 3D printers to produce some parts of it. The 3D printed parts help producing human actions such as bones and coiled springs that works as muscles. The new muscles and coiled springs helps the new robot to simulate the human muscles functions.
The robot hand is 3D printed as one piece including the joints, the small cables, and cable channels that imitates the real human hand in action. Manufacturing the hand this type was not possible with other technology showing how the 3D printing add the the product process.
“Roboy is a little more humanoid than most humanoids. Not only did we imitate shape and look of a human but also the functionality. We especially tried to build in muscles and sinews into the joints instead of motors. We want to understand how it works.” said Hostettler.
The team provides the CAD data and source code required for creating the robot and 3D printing the parts via contacting them through their website.
The obvious current obstacle for the projects the cost as it costs around 200K euro. But since this is the first model, the cost can be reduced in the future implementations of the model.
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