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3d-printed robots wear "shock absorbers" to extend their lives
Core hints :As anyone who has watched robot wars probably knows, robots die, too, often for lack of tinkering materials.MIT's comput

Release date:2019-11-13

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 As anyone who has watched robot wars probably knows, robots die, too, often for lack of tinkering materials.
 
MIT's computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory (CSAIL) has discovered a new soft material that could be used for 3D printing. The material could not only improve the safety and accuracy of robots, but also extend the life span of drones, mobile phones, helmets and sneakers.
 
In addition, the team developed programmable elastic materials technology (PVM). Using this technology, users can program to determine the hardness and elasticity of various parts of 3D printing products according to their specific needs. For example, experts can 3D print a bouncing rubik's cube robot and install a shock-absorbing "skin" on it.
 
 
Daniela Rus, head of the CSAIL project, said: "damping is important to prevent the loss of rotor blades or sensors during landing. "Not only can we 3D print elastic robots with this soft material, but we can also set the corresponding elasticity index according to the user's needs."
 
With this "skin", the robot's landing accuracy will be nearly four times better. That means similar shock absorbers could be used to extend the life of delivery robots made by companies like amazon and Google.
 
The ability of 3D printing to integrate multiple materials into one production process also greatly improves the production scope of traditional production processes.
 

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