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Harvard, MIT Researchers Design 3D Printed, Self-Assembling Robots

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/28/2013 6:19:17 AM
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Yes, Debera, while some of this technology seems to be evolving quickly I think you're right that it will take a bit of time before it's ready for primetime. But it's fascinating to think that human interaction will somehow be taken out of the robotic equation, that some of these robots will be truly autonomous to the point of self-assembly. It's happening now and will only become more prevalent in the future, even if it will, as you say, take time to grow.

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Fascinating!
far911   5/27/2013 12:21:23 PM
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A very informative read. The fact that it can assemble itself makes it even more fascinating. I'm looking forward to the day when we have nanoworm instead of inchworms. The application in the field of medical examination and surgery would be of great value.

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Debera Harward   5/17/2013 4:57:18 PM
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This is really an interesting thing , 3D developed robot and that can assemble itself as well its really very amazing , showing how technology is growing so faster .I can sence that in future human interaction will be completely eliminated in these technologies .However 3D printing is not that easy plus  it is expensive as well so this technology will take some time to grow . Usually in robots there are two hinges and shape tranformation takes place by heating the memory shape polymer, Folding of the shape takes place between two hinges .

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Debera Harward   5/17/2013 4:51:41 PM
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This is really an interesting thing , 3D developed robot and that can assemble itself as well its really very amazing , showing how technology is growing so faster .I can sence that in future human interaction will be completely eliminated in these technologies .However 3D printing is not that easy plus  it is expensive as well so this technology will take some time to grow . Usually in robots there are two hinges and shape tranformation takes place by heating the memory shape polymer, Folding of the shape takes place between two hinges .

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 4:30:27 PM
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I would like to see the control circuit schematic. Seems sort of fun. I could see people printing bots, and assembling electronics kits at home. Great way to learn.

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phantasyconcepts   5/17/2013 12:38:32 PM
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I am waiting for the robot dishwasher.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/17/2013 12:28:51 PM
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Thanks for the update on this project. We covered it last year right after its initial launch: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=241989 Looks like they're making a lot of progress. Rus' CSAIL lab has come up with several leading robotics innovations, and so has the HML.

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self replication robots, is this the begining of the end?
TommyH   5/17/2013 8:50:12 AM
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Little ebrionic Von Neuman machines.  HMMM.....  Will they become like the replicators of TV sci-fi and try to take over the galaxy?  Who Knows?  Eventually we will all say a collective OOPS! over technology gone wild.  Only time will tell how when and where.

 

With tounge only slightly in cheek,

Tommy

 

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Charles Murray   5/16/2013 6:05:59 PM
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This seems like an obvious next step in the world of 3D printing. Many 3D-printed objects will need to be assembled. Self-assembly would be necessary in many cases for those items to succeed in a world where mechanical aptitude seems to be on the decline.

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Elizabeth M   5/16/2013 6:50:18 AM
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Combining 3D printing and advanced robotics provides great potential for a future in which people can easily design and make their own robotic devices to help them with a number of things. Robots like the Roomba vacuum cleaner are just the beginning for the ways robots can help us at home. They also have potential for disaster-relief and search-and-rescue efforts to go places where it's dangerous or impossible for humans to go. Fascinating work.

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