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Friday, December 23, 2016

Spider Robotics for 3D Printing

This reminds me of swarm robotics, which have a similar approach to scale.  And an approach that cooperated towards a goal.

Why Spider Robots Could Be The Next Big Thing In 3-D Printing
By Jason Compton

Three-dimensional printing has long had a serious limitation: You can’t make an object larger than the print bed. Consequently, 3-D printers for large-scale objects have taken up a lot of space and required a lot of heavy machinery to move the nozzle around.

Taking a cue from nature, technicians at Siemens may have solved the problem. Instead of building a bigger, better 3-D printer, the company has designed compact “spider robots” that work together to weave large objects seemingly from thin air. .... " 

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