3D Printer Sandwich-Making Robot
Yuto Kuroki, a mechanical engineer at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan, and a team of researchers managed to modify a 3D printer head system to transform it into a 3-axis robotic manipulator. This gives the machine the ability to assemble various items, like toy cars and sandwiches, but unfortunately, there isn’t yet an extruder for condiments, so you’ll have to still add those manually. They first customized a low-cost fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer that can attach/detach printed end-effectors capable of changing the function of the 3D printer head (e.g. grab, break, and rotate printed objects). Read more for a video and additional information.



These modifications enables the 3D printer to fabricate and assemble complete kinetic objects, like automatons without manual processing (i.e. removing support materials and assembling objects). Kuroki’s team concluded that a small modification to a standard 3D printer allowed them to fabricate and assemble objects without human intervention.

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