Functgraph: 3D Printer, Please Make Me a Sandwich
AnonymousMemberApril 6, 2021 at 10:20 AM
Talk about 4D printing! Researchers from Meiji University in Japan, Yuto Kuroki and Keita Watanabe, have developed a unique system for 3D printing and then assembling and operating a variety of robotic assemblies. Dubbed the Fuctgraph, the system 3D prints a series of parts, including end effectors that are then used to build and operate equipment for specific tasks. This includes everything from making a sandwich and folding clothing to printing and packaging figurines.
Building off an earlier paper on the subject, the researchers presented their concept at the Conference on 4D and Functional Fabrication 2020, describing Functgraph as a means of utilizing a traditional fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printer for “personal factory automation”. As demonstrated in the video below, the Functgraph process first 3D prints all of the necessary parts for a given application. It then uses a tool attached to the print head to move parts around the bed, swapping the end effectors on this tool depending on the task required, and assembling and positioning all of the printed components to execute the programmed operation: making a ham and cucumber sandwich, folding a
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