Researchers have created a new interactive fabrication system called RoMA, which uses 3D printing, virtual reality technology and computer aided design CAD. Check out the video below to learn more about the new fabrication robot which uses 3D CAD design overlaid onto a object, allowing the user to create and modify the model while the robotic is simultaneously 3D printing the design in real life.
For safety reasons the RoMA Robotic fabrication system operates under specific guidelines, for instance if the user happens to touch the print platform, the robotic arm will instinctively back away. The user is equipped with an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset fitted with a camera mounted on the front providing the system with augmented reality capabilities. A rotating print bed is positioned in front of the user enabling the robot to 3D print via the robotic printer which is positioned above the print bed.
“Not only does this project help transport ideas into the physical realm quickly, the researchers also show that you can 3D print onto objects or even around them. In the research paper, the team shows how they successfully designed and 3D printed a stand for a toy jet, and also created a structure around various LEGO pieces.”
For more information on the robotic fabrication system which uses VR, 3D printing and CAD jump over to the research paper by following the link below.