US Army Developing 3D-Printed, Soft Robots that Maneuver Easily

Published by , April 23, 2018 1:57 pm

(BeeBom) The US Army Research Laboratory and the University of Minnesota have joined to explore the development of robots inspired by invertebrates such as squids that are nimble enough to squeeze into tight spaces and can easily maneuver around obstacles. The materials used by the Army in the tests can bend in any direction when electricity is passed through them and researchers are trying to build robots out of these and tech them natural movements influenced by how invertebrates such as squids move.
The researchers say that traditional materials are rigid and limit the movement in robots, so the team is now looking to develop materials that are flexible and can be 3D printed in the middle of the battlefield for recon missions.

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