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Fully-functional 3D-Printed Drone Made Using 3Doodler pen

3D printed drone made using 3Doodler pen

We have come a long way since the 3Doodler – the 3D printing pen, surprised the world by raising over $2 million on Kickstarter. One thing that has changed for good since then is that some of the most incredible works of 3D art have been designed using the 3Doodler. Case in point is this 3D printed flying hexacopter drone made entirely with the 3Doodler. Created by Louis DeRosa of Plasticity Productions, the 3Doodler printed hexacopter can actually fly like an efficient drone.

Except for the motor, motherboard and battery, everything on DeRosa’s drone is made from 3D printing. Like many 3D creators would affirm, working with the 3Doodler is just like working with the pen on paper, but it wasn’t as simple for DeRosa. The first version of the drone he conceived had some design flaws and proved to be a little off balance. If you’ve built your own drones, or have used a hexacopter like this, you’d know – complete balance is key to a hexacopter’s consistent flight.

Working more cautiously on the things he’d done incorrectly, DeRosa created the second version as a 6-winged flying drone. It took DeRosa a few hours to work upon the first version and arrive at a fully tested second and final version.

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This Week On BotJunkie

Robocars

By Evan Ackerman

This week on BotJunkie, we started the week listening to me gush about a sneak preview of Wall-E that I snuck into at Pixar (verdict: best robot movie ever); learned about a new strategy for herding cattle in Australia using robot helicopters, got ALL PUMPED UP FOR ROBOGAMES which starts TODAY in San Francisco, watched a few chilling commercials for a robotic system designed to destroy all humans at ping pong, realized that you don’t need robot helicopters to herd cattle when you’ve got cyborg cows instead, were impressed by a wicked awesome DIY mod of some R/C cars to get them to autonomously race around rooms, saw (actually saw) some itty bitty magnetic nanobots zipping around the letters on a penny, and ended the week with a video of Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter blowing stuff up with rockets.

Oh, and did I mention that RoboGames starts today in San Francisco? If you can’t make it, we’ll be bringing you coverage of the event next week.

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Haptic Creature

By Evan Ackerman

This week on BotJunkie, we saw some of the first exoplanetary images taken after the successful landing of the Phoenix robotic laboratory in the northern artic regions of Mars, found out that the perfect woman has been invented and can be yours as of June 11, tried hard to be impressed by a little robot who was able to climb the Grand Canyon on two AA batteries, watched an ABB robotic arm show off its spectacularly inhuman speed and accuracy, were introduced to a solar powered autonomous weed destroyer, saw some combat robots trying to tear each other to bits in super slow-mo, learned about some monkeys that have been trained to control a robot arm with their brain, were wowed by the latest and smartest incarnation of DEKA’s Luke robotic prosthetic arm, rejoiced that we can turn ourselves into cyborgs since the Berkeley Bionics HULC powered exoskeleton is now available for preorder, and ended the week on a fuzzy note with the squeezably soft and snuggably purrable Haptic Creature.

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Dead Pleo

By Evan Ackerman

This week on BotJunkie started off dramatically. We cringed as we watched a hapless Pleo get disemboweled by a ComBot at Maker Faire, felt a little better watching a few more ComBot matches where ComBots fought ComBots, checked out some footage of the new Wall-E Ultimate Robot toy, drooled over an auction of beautiful vintage robot toys with their fantastic original boxes, chuckled over a new Wall-E video involving a our favorite animated bot gettin’ jiggy with pair of headphones, were less than impressed but mildly amused by a robotic card dealer, got wowed by a robot that you (yes, you!) can teach how to make a bitchin’ omelette, mused a little bit on the Pleo community and Ugobe’s reaction to our video of the destruction of the Pleo by a ComBot, and ended the week with a segment from FutureWeapons on the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAS.

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Clear Cutting Robot

By Evan Ackerman

Over on BotJunkie this week, we kicked things off in style and watched some video of a cute little DIY CrabFu SwashBot take on an equally cute kitty in a battle of weirdness, got a little misty hearing about how an RP-7 robot was used to introduce a soldier in Iraq to his newborn son in Texas for the first time, saw an incredible POV video of a Georgian reconnaissance UAV being allegedly shot down by a Russian MiG-29, got a chuckle out of a slightly dirty robot t-shirt, were impressed by the ability of autonomous robots to map a maze of debris and locate simulated babies, watched a live robot-assisted surgery that was webcast on Thursday night, got a kick out of a robot that looks like a little blue elephant with a little yellow hat designed to give your urinals a good scrubbing, saw some humanoid robots going to town on each other (and preparing for the future) in a game of laser tag, got introduced to the Clear Cut firefighting robot who has giant saws for arms, and wrapped things up with a clip of remote controlled Japanese robots running some plays of what they call American-style football.

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Paro

By Evan Ackerman

If you aren’t checking BotJunkie every day, you’re guaranteed to be among the first to be assimilated when the robots take over. We got introduced to some gigantic CV08 robots that will use chubby suburbanites as fuel when they reseed urban Australia with wildlife, saw a new solar powered pool cleaning robot to compete with the iRobot Verro, snorted at Hal the robotic hamster toy who dances to Styx, got a little creeped out by insects that have been modified with implants to turn them into remote controlled cyborgs, were impressed by some new video showcasing the SuperBot modular robot(s), found out that the super cute Paro therapeutic harp seal pup is now for sale in the US (but the poignant video may make you glad you don’t need one), admired some 3D renders of little lightbulb bots from Andre Kutscherauer, learned what sort of toilet paper robots use, questioned the wisdom of pulling TALON SWORDS combat robots out of Iraq due to safety concerns, and saw a video of a KUKA industrial robot arm that’s controlled with a Wiimote and swings tennis rackets. And swords.

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This Week On BotJunkie

Roomba V. Ant

By Evan Ackerman

On BotJunkie this week, we started things off with a video of a robotic chair that you control by pointing where you want it to go, heard with a raised eyebrow or two that WowWee’s Robosapien is going to be starring in a feature film, started caring about car racing when we learned that there’s going to be an unmanned event at this year’s Toyota Grand Prix featuring winners of the DARPA Urban Challenge, acquiesced to the demands of NASA’s Dextre robot that it now be referred to as “Dextre the Magnificent,” saw an impressive demonstration of Nexi, a robot from the MIT Media Lab who’s mobile and dexterous and social, were impressed by the drawing skills of hexapod robot from Micromagic Systems, totally trumped Andrew by posting a YouTube video of Daisy, the giant robotic propeller of death, and found out that your Roomba may be just the thing you need to get rid of your ant infestation.

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Apripoko

By Evan Ackerman

This week over on BotJunkie, we started out by meeting a little Lego Mindstorms bot named Phobot who’s terrified of big things, found out that it’s a lot easier to give commands to robots if they’re capable of making smalltalk, took a look at a flying robot toy that you control with your hand, saw an awesome video of a little bot that wanders around with a pair of drumsticks and plays rhythms on whatever it bumps into, decided that we probably didn’t want to pay $5 for robot art made out of a small wooden block even if it’s quirky, questioned whether the new and improved version of BattleBots returning to ESPN2 is really new and improved, waxed philosophical about NASA’s recent threat to scrap one of the Mars Exploration Rovers (and enjoyed a bunch of cool Mars rover pics), checked out a round robot from Toshiba that wants to be your new voice activated universal remote, and lastly, nearly lost it while watching a spoof of BigDog’s latest antics.

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For Sale: Giant Fire Breathing Dinosaur Robot

Robosaurus

You might remember Robosaurus, created 17 years ago by Monster Robots in Southern California. The 40-foot-high, 31-ton behemoth quickly became famous for crushing cars and breathing fire all over the country, before dwelling in the land of obscurity. Apparently, it’s current owner or owners are finally sick of burning and crushing all manner of large things. Robosaurus will be auctioned off…

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