3D Printed Bots Spring to Life in Minutes at MIT’s CSAIL

As reported by Peter Brown of Electronics 360 at IEEE, CSAIL noted that “The system analyzes factors such as speed and stability to make suggestions so the user doesn’t create a robot so top-heavy that it can’t move without tipping over for example. Once the robot is designed, it is then fabricated using an origami-inspired 3D-printing technique that involves flat faces connected at joints and then folding the design into the final shape, combining the most effective parts of 2D and 3D printing.”

Future plans include designing flying robots. The full research can be found in The International Journal of Robotics Research.