Cheaper Robotics Through 3D Printing

Cheaper Robotics Through 3D Printing
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Humanoid robotics are really cool, but the cost can be prohibitive for a hobbyist. Although it’s hard to get around the cost of the high quality servos typical of a good humanoid robot, Michael Overstreet is out to prove that 3D printing can provide most of the other mechanical parts.

Michael has been experimenting with 3D printing parts for his robots for several years. Lately he’s been working on Robby, his clone of the Robotis DARwin-OP humanoid robot. Although he could have high quality parts printed by a service like Shapeways, Michael strives to get as many parts as possible printed on affordable 3D printers that an individual might own.


Micheal will be at World Maker Faire in New York this September giving demonstrations of his humanoid robots to show just what a hobbyist can accomplish in this field with 3D printing. Michael will also let kids play soccer with his robots, or control them by voice and cue card commands.

You can follow along with Michael’s developments on his blog: I, Bioloid.

2 thoughts on “Cheaper Robotics Through 3D Printing

  1. Michael Overstreet says:

    I have upgraded my robots since this video so they are more capable now!

    1. Andrew Terranova says:

      Awesome! Can’t wait to see them at Maker Faire.

  2. Shikha Aggrwal says:

    This post is really informative for the professionals and student who belongs to robotics…..thanks

  3. Igor Schmidlapp says:

    Readers might want to investigate the InMoov Project.

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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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