3D printing and robotics are two fields that continue to converge on a daily basis. We are constantly seeing new ideas and open source projects emerge based on robotic devices that combine 3D printed parts with other up-and-coming technologies such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and the Intel Edison.
This allows for completely custom robotic solutions for anyone willing and able to 3D print and program their machines.
For one development engineer, currently working at Teledyne, named Renee, 3D printing opened the door to her imagination. Having been into computers and electronics her entire life, she had been passionate about building robots ever since elementary school. Her latest creation utilized a Solidoodle 4 3D printer, which she has been using for 14 months now.
“It all started with the love for creating robots,” Renee tells 3DPrint.com. “This time I wanted to build something I hadn’t done before and I had this Intel Edison sitting on my desk. A self balancing robot was in the top 5 for things I’d like to make when SparkFunreleased their Intel Edison building blocks. After browsing their selection I saw what was a possible balance bot solution and pre-ordered the needed parts.”
Since she hadn’t created a balancing robot before via 3D printing, she wasn’t 100% certain it would work — but quickly she discovered that it would. … (read more)