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Prototyping Robots with 3D Printers
RepRap 3D Printer
Photo courtesy Adrian Bowyer/RepRap.Org
Open-source 3D printers like the RepRap offer robotics companies a low-cost test tool.
Roboticists are turning towards 3D printers for their prototyping needs. But are 3D printers ready for large-scale robot production?
By Emmet Cole


“I would urge robotics companies to take a look at 3D printing and run some tests, build some test parts, and evaluate the results. This is a very moving target and it’s changing quickly. It’s something that robotics companies need to monitor and watch closely, because if they don’t, their competitors certainly will and they will be at a competitive disadvantage,” says Wohlers.

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