Robots of various sizes and functions are to deeply impact our lives in future. Robots can carry out several tasks for us in our households and offices. But it is always a pricier deal to get normal robots to do multiple jobs. Recognizing the challenge, the MIT researchers are working on a project to help people design and produce a range of practical robots with the help of 3D printers.
Well, as you can deduce the project, titled ‘An Expedition in Computing for Compiling Printable Programmable Machines,’ is simply meant to get robots printed with 3D printers. In other words, people even with little computer knowledge can design their own robots and get them printed in special 3D printers. This way, robots for different purposes can be designed within a matter of hours.
As of now, both 3D printing and robot manufacturing are beyond the reach of ordinary people. In fact, combination of these technologies will end up in using creative minds of common people to design their own robots. For this five-year project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, MIT researchers have partnered with some researchers at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.
According to Vijay Kumar of the Pennsylvania University, the project will be a game-changer in production of more pragmatic robots. The Harvard professor Rob Wood says that the project will immensely help education, manufacturing and healthcare industries as well. Students will get a great orientation in robot designing and 3D printing technologies. Furthermore, in several businesses, robots play significant roles today. They can also get robots printed with cheap materials on 3D printers.