PUC-rio's design labs put the 3D printing process in motion with 3&Dbot
PUC-rio's design labs put the 3D printing process in motion with 3&Dbot
sep 16, 2014
PUC-rio's design labs put the 3D printing process in motion with 3&Dbot


PUC-rio’s design labs put the 3D printing process in motion with 3&Dbot
all images courtesy of NEXT and LIFE labs from PUC-rio

 

 

 

3D printers can be big, heavy, and have one major limitation: the dimensions of the objects they can print are confined by their own size. these issues posed the conceptual starting point for ‘3&Dbot’, a project by NEXT (three-dimensional experimentation lab) and LIFE (physical computing lab) of PUC-rio‘s design program. 

 


video courtesy of NEXT and LIFE labs from PUC-rio

 

 

 

once the entities came together, they sought to answer one question: ‘how could we design a portable intelligent object that would be able to overcome the physical limitation of the 3printer by building structures freely in space?’ after thorough research and development, they envisioned an autonomous 3D-printing robot capable of creating structures freely in space. in order to make all of this possible, various technological tool needed to be implemented and taken into deep consideration. by embedding an arduino micro-controller with wireless communication into the body, industrial omni wheels can be maneuvered in virtually any direction. pin-point accuracy of its mechanisms and position within a field of motion are negotiated by TUIO fiducial markers act as references for video tracking. its printing head can use a variety of materials such as modeling clay, ceramics, and earthenware.

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the robot from above

next life labs puc-rio 3dbot 3d printing robot brazil
the device can print in a variety of materials

next life labs puc-rio 3dbot 3d printing robot brazil
stacking up layers 

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the world’s first autonomous 3D-printing robot

next life labs puc-rio 3dbot 3d printing robot brazil
printing in orange

next life labs puc-rio 3dbot 3d printing robot brazil
the omni wheels can move in any direction

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detail of the head components

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closeup of the process

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starting a print job

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detail of the omni wheels

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here. 

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