Festo wowed the crowd with a demonstration of this lifelike contraption, called the humanoid muscle-robot. The product of a joint venture between Festo AG and the Technical University of Berlin, the Humanoid possesses an almost human-like ability to grasp and position objects. That's thanks to the application of Festo's fluid muscle technology, consisting of a highly flexible, air-tight hose placed within a 3D lattice grid of high-strength fiber that permits a range of smooth, yet complex motions.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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