Check Out This Futuristic 3D Printed Car Body

German auto firm, EDAG, made a stir at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with a fully 3D printed auto body called Genesis. EDAG aids major carmakers in design and production, and they’re no stranger to the 11-day Geneva Motor Show. EDAG thinks additive manufacturing has the power to improve the entire carmaking process from design to production—and Genesis is meant to embody that potential. EDAG expects additive processes and associated automation technologies to bump productivity 100 to 1000 times in the next couple decades. 

Lighter, faster, cheaper components and lowering power usage and costs by at least 20 times will trigger a true robotic revolution

Rethinking the components used in advanced prototypes such as Atlas to reduce cost and power consumption has become a major focus in robotics research as engineers seek to finally have these machines escape the lab, says Rich Mahoney, SRI’s director of robotics. “We got things that are overdesigned because there’s not been impetus for low cost and good design,” he says.

Several low-cost robotic hands recently emerged from another DARPA program called ARM-H. By achieving greater complexity at lower costs, these hands could help Baxter or Unbounded’s robots perform new tasks. Roomba manufacturer iRobot worked with Harvard and Yale to create a three-fingered hand that can do anything from holding a basketball to picking up a key lying flat on a table.

If it were made in quantities of a few thousand, the hand should cost around $3,000, says Mark Claffee, principal robotics engineer at iRobot, which also makes military and telepresence robots. “It’s a dramatic change,” Claffee says, as the current going rate for a robotic hand with similar capabilities starts at around $35,000.

Smartphone-Module aus dem 3-D-Drucker

Googles modulares Smartphone-Konzept "Project Ara" nimmt langsam Formen an. Drei verschiedene Größen sind geplant, die Einzelteile kommen aus dem 3-D-Drucker.