Got a 3D Printer? Build Yourself a Loyal Robot Companion

They're not in every home just yet, but if you're lucky enough to have a 3D printer at your disposal, a French sculptor by the name of Gael Langevin will let you create more than just plastic trinkets. He's spent the past year developing a 3D printable robot, and has made the open source plans available through Thingiverse for free.

At the moment only the plans for the robot's left and right arms are available, but Gael plans to post the schematics for the head and torso once he's refined and perfected their design. Of course, you'll still need to add electronic bits like various servos and a couple of Arduinos to control and coordinate all of InMoov's components, but when all is said and done (and printed) the final robot creation will be just as capable as pre-assembled kits that will cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

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[InMoov via Gizmag via 3Ders]

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Ummm... won't be less expensive than a kit robot. 3D printers aren't that cheap yet... and the printing material isn't exactly play-do either. The current low-end printers won't handle the larger pieces, and the bigger machines run into five figures by themselves. Neat idea, but we're still a few years away.