Cheaper 3D printed robots could soon replace humans in dangerous operations, thanks to a UAE University project
It’s not hidden that 3D is the future in a plethora of fields as they already being used in the medical field as well as in several scientific research and that’s why there’s another branch and that is “Robotics“. Yes, you heard that right but making the robots takes a huge amount of assets that why Dr. Fady Najjar is taking the initiative to make a 3D printer that could make the Robots in an efficient manner, thanks to new research developed by researchers at the CIT which is also known as the College of Information Technology at the United Arab Emirates University.
As mentioned before, the project was established by Dr. Fady Najjar who is a principal investigator of the Robotics Lab and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and also an assistant professor at the College of Information and Technology (CIT) along with the collaboration of Abu Dhabi based security company Etimad R&D. And their objective is to make a fully-operated Robot which can replace humans for dangerous operations.
As Najjar said, ” You can send the Robots and control them. It is already well known that Robots can replace humans in dangerous situations such as for bomb disposals, but we are trying to make it cost-efficient through 3d printers technology to decrease the price of robot manufacturing.” Every part of the robot is made from scratch which cost as less as $25,000 compared to the conventional robot at approximately $200,000, He added.
Dr. Najjar also said, “When you buy a Robot, it is typically a one-piece closed in a closed box and you just have to operate it. While with our models, people can replace the modules based on their requirements for different operations and situations, hence it’s more accumulative and easy to modify. And interestingly, instead of using the remote control, there are other efficient methods such as the robot can be controlled through the body of the operator itself by using motion sensors that can capture their movements and mimic by the Robot. The robot takes six months to build and work is currently underway to enhance the improve the machines by adding some textile sensors in the robots to make sure that the operator feels the senses such as heat and hard or soft objects.
The idea of transferring the motion of human in a robot is still under research, as Najjar said and also added that there is a challenge of fitting the human kinematics as humans are more flexible and independent, which is not the attribute of a typical Robot, so its about computing the best equation and creativity which can represent the human movements in Robotics.