by Adam Stroud
While 3D printing is hot topic, I thought I’d post this interesting example of how 3D printing is allowing engineers to do research that would otherwise be pretty out of reach.
The Poppy Project is a humanoid robot made mostly from 3D printed plastic in Paris. The thing about this robot that is so cool is its incredibly human-like walking capabilities. The robot uses bent femur-style legs (much like humans) that would be very difficult to machine out of aluminum or whatever other material you wanted to use. With 3D printing, the Poppy Project gave this robot curved thigh sections that are strong enough for repeated walking impact.
You can do anything you want with 3D printing, so you might as well get really creative like these folks!
Check out the Poppy Project here: http://vimeo.com/76917854