1D Printing of Recyclable Robots

Daniel Cellucci, Robert MacCurdy, Hod Lipson, Sebastian Risi

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Abstract

Recent advances in 3D printing are revolutionizing manufacturing, enabling the fabrication of structures with unprecedented complexity and functionality. Yet biological systems are able to fabricate systems with far greater complexity using a process that involves assembling and folding a linear string. Here, we demonstrate a 1D printing system that uses an approach inspired
by the ribosome to fabricate a variety of specialized robotic automata from a single string of source material. This proof-ofconcept system involves both a novel manufacturing platform that
configures the source material using folding and a computational optimization tool that allows designs to be produced from the specification of high-level goals. We show that our 1D printing
system is able to produce three distinct robots from the same source material, each of which is capable of accomplishing a specialized locomotion task. Moreover, we demonstrate the ability
of the printer to use recycled material to produce new designs, enabling an autonomous manufacturing ecosystem capable of repurposing previous iterations to accomplish new tasks.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftIEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
Vol/bind2
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)1964-1971
Antal sider8
ISSN2377-3766
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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