A Design Environment for the Rapid Specification and Fabrication of Printable Robots

Ankur Mehta, Nicola Bezzo, Byoungkwon (Kwon) An, Peter Gebhard, Vijay Kumar, Insup Lee, Daniela Rus

International Symposium on Experimental Robotics
2014

Abstract

In this work, we have developed a design environment to allow casual users to quickly and easily create custom robots. A drag-and-drop graphical interface allows users to intuitively assemble electromechanical systems from a library of predesigned parametrized components. A script-based infrastructure encapsulates and automatically composes mechanical, electrical, and software subsystems based on the user input. The generated design can be passed through output plugins to produce fabrication drawings for a range of rapid manufacturing processes, along with the necessary firmware and software to control the device. From an intuitive description of the desired specification, this system generates readyto-use printable robots on demand.

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