Gallery: 3D Printed Robot Spider Can Save Lives and Analyze Hazardous S...


Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA are developing a mobile spider robot that will bring a new type of aid in disasters and hazardous events. The spider can locate people in hard to reach areas and report back to emergency response teams with information about the surrounding area’s safety. The team is also breaking new ground by swapping out conventional mechanical engineering production practices for 3D printing technology, making the eight-legged lifesavers cheap and easy to produce.

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  1. makermasters November 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I wonder just which structural parts are 3D printed. The shell I can understand, but the legs look flimsy.

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