We address the challenge of realizing complete robots made almost entirely of printable mechanisms towards achieving full potential of printable robots; in particular, we propose to design electromechanical transducers coupled with autonomous controllers out of paper structures and string actuators. By only requiring nearly universally accessible raw materials for the entirety of the robot, we can significantly broaden the reach of robotic technology. Furthermore, the extremely low-cost nature of the resulting robot endows it with high disposability, which may make it more applicable to tasks, such as exploration, rescue, and navigation, in extreme areas (e.g. with high magnetic field, or radiation).===
**Project Members: Wenzhong Yan |
We are working on designing new strategies for building printable robots in an inexpensive and rapid prototyping manner.