Researchers at UC San Diego created a 3D printed soft robot that can walk on different types of terrain

A group of engineers at UC San Diego have created a 3D printed soft robot that is able to walk over a variety of rough terrains, such as rocks, sand, or pebbles. It works by having four legs, which it can lift to avoid obstacles. Because it’s such a versatile robot, it has the potential to be used for search and rescue operations or to capture readings in environments that aren’t safe for people.

The team, which was a mix of graduate students and professors, received a grant from the Office of Naval Research and the UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholarship Program for their work. They used the Objet350 Connex 3 multi-material printer to build the robot, which was crafted from a combination of soft and rigid materials.

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