The 3D-printed flexoskeletons could open the door to a new array of hybrid, insect-inspired robots.
Typically, fabricating the complex components for insect-inspired robots is a costly process that is difficult on the larger scale. in contrast, the exoskeleton structures developed by the team at the University of California are printed using an adapted off-the-shelf fused deposition 3D printer. The flexoskeleton printing process is simple and affordable, making use of common materials, and could encourage the development of new types of small robots.
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