We are finally beginning to see trends emerge within the desktop 3D printing space, and these trends are pointing in a direction of convergence between 3D printing and robotics. Thanks in a big way to a credit card-sized computer known as the Raspberry Pi, virtually anyone can create their own robotic devices.
For one man, named Madis Kaasik, and his “hacking” team, 3D printing was a way in which a robot called the Pi Tank was born.
“It was 4 am and one of the few hardware hackathons in the world, called Garage48 was about to start in 12 hours. Our team leader, Kristjan looked at what we had to use for the event, ‘3D printing by Mass Portal,’” Kaasik tells 3DPrint.com. On hand at the event were mentors from Raspberry Pi, and they had with them the new Raspberry Pi 2. Sponsoring the event was Microsoft and the Estonian Defense Academy, so the team of hackers were challenged with coming up with something unique. They came up with a 3D printable Raspberry Pi open source tank robot that utilized a Microsoft Kinect sensor, and it would be named ‘Pi Tank’. … (read more)