MIT have this week unveiled a new 3D Printed Hydraulic Robot which includes both solids and liquids and can be manufactured without the need for any assembly and takes the form of a small hexapod robot that weighs roughly 1.5 pounds and measures less than 6 inches long.
The new 3D Printed Hydraulic Robot has been created by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT and shows a glimpse at what might be possible in the future and reveals a early way for robots to start building other robots even if they are not as yet capable of carrying out complex tasks.
Check out the video below to learn more about this first-ever 3D printed hydraulic robot that involves printing solid and liquid materials at the same time and was created using a commercially available 3D printer. CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, who oversaw the project and co-wrote the paper explains :
Our approach, which we call ‘printable hydraulics,’ is a step towards the rapid fabrication of functional machines. 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.
For more information on the new 3D Printed Hydraulic Robot jump over to the MIT resources websites for details via the links below.