MIT is 3D printing fully functioning robots made out of liquid

By ZDNet

Apr 07, 2016

In a new paper, researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) present a technique for 3-D printing robots that involves printing solid and liquid materials at the same time.

The new method allows the team to automatically 3-D print robots in a single step, with no assembly required, using a commercially-available 3-D printer.

"Our approach, which we call 'printable hydraulics,' is a step towards the rapid fabrication of functional machines," says CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, who oversaw the project and co-wrote the paper. "All you have to do is stick in a battery and motor, and you have a robot that can practically walk right out of the printer."

To learn more, read "Building robots out of liquid may streamline manufacturing" from ZDNet.

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