These Crazy Robots Are 3D Printers That Build Together

Images: Siemens
Images: Siemens

3D printers are getting way faster and more intricate. Now, Siemens has created a swarm of spider-like robots that can collaborate with each other to build large and intricate structures.

The bots, which are called SiSpis, are equipped with the kinds of extrusion devices seen in many 3D printers. But they also have onboard cameras and laser scanners to make sense of the world around them. Working from one giant plan, a swarm of the ‘bots can work out which parts of an object they can print as individuals to build structures as efficiently as possible as a team. When they need to recharge, they can simply tag-team out with another robot.

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The robots are currently an in-house research project for Siemens. But speaking to The Engineer, the team behind them explained that it hopes they could be used to build “structures such as car bodies, the hulls of ships and airplane fuselages” in the future.

[The Engineer]

Contributing Editor at Gizmodo. An ex-engineer writing about science and technology.

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