However, the newest generations of robots seem to have evolved considerably because the new robots are much speedier and more evolved than their oldest peers.
However, they are unfortunately also difficult to create, which makes it difficult for engineers to replicate them and put them to good use.
The good news is that new research in the field shows that 3-D printed robots are just as efficient and can move independently.
Soft robots are extremely resistant because they can jump about six times its height and land back on the ground without breaking. It is precisely its soft components the ones that allow such flexibility in movement.
A team of researchers from the University of California in collaboration with San Diego and Harvard University decided to take it to another level and create a 3-D printed robot that does just that and it has the ability to repeat the jump about 30 times without suffering any damage.
After testing the magnificent robot multiple times, the team published a paper called “A 3D-printed, functionally graded soft robot powered by combustion“ about it in Science Magazine.
The robot uses a wide variety of materials, ranging from very soft components to rigid materials, which makes it even more resistant to shocks.
“We believe that bringing together soft and rigid materials will help create a new generation of fast, agile robots that are more robust and adaptable than their predecessors and can safely work side by side with humans,” stated Michael Tolley from UC San Diego.
Thus, it might become easy and cheap to create such robots and make them become available for use in many fields.
While in the past, soft robots have proved to be quite slow, the researchers found that mixing soft and rigid materials is quite effective when it comes to building stronger and faster robots.
According to its designers, the robot is able to jump due to the combustion of butane and oxygen that powers it. Moreover, the rigid layers allow the attachment of other electronics, which can make the robot quite a sophisticated one.
Therefore, it might not be long before we see it implemented and used to perform various daily tasks. Robotics fans will probably not have to wait long before they are able to enjoy it.
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