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Build Yourself a Robot with a 3D Printer (Video)


If you’re not quite satisfied with Asimo and you can’t wait until Roboy becomes a reality, maybe you need to make your own robot. We started out with just little plastic trinkets with our 3D printers, but we’ve since advanced to playable records and now you can 3D print yourself a fully functional robot companion.

You can thank Gael Langevin, a French sculptor, for this creation. He’s been working on this project for the past year and now you can download the open source plans for free from Thingverse. For now, you can only get the plans for “InMoov,” which is a robot hand you can print and animate. You’ll need some building skills, but you can build this and use it. You will also need to supply some “cables or fishing rods” if you want to control it, but at the very least, you’ll need servos and Arduinos for movement.

After Mr. Langevin puts in some more work into the project, he plans on releasing his plans for the torso and head for this 3D printed robot also through Thingverse. It’s only a matter of time before we are able to download some increasingly advanced AI and we really will have our own personal robot slaves companions in our homes to help us with some daily tasks. Let’s just hope that our 3D printed friends adhere to Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.

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