Exploring the Possibility of 3D-Printing an Entire Robot: Combining Liquids and Solids for Faster, More Flexible Creations
Combining liquids and solids can lead to more flexible, faster 3D creations
Imagine a world where you can 3D print an entire robot, or a stretchy electronic medical device by pressing a button. No more tedious hours of hand-assembling parts.
A recent advance in 3D printing technology, led by engineers from CU Boulder, may bring this possibility closer than ever. The team has published a study that details a method for creating materials that combine liquid and solid components using printers currently available. This is a difficult task if you do not want your robots to collapse.
Robert MacCurdy is a senior author and assistant professor at the Paul M. Rady Mechanical Engineering Department.