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RoboBeast: A Toughened 3D Printer 21

An anonymous reader writes "Carpenter Richard van As shot to fame a year ago thanks to a 3D-printed prosthetic he developed to help him get back to work after an accident. A year later, RoboHand has helped hundreds of people who can't afford expensive prosthetics, and has been used all over the world. Now van As is back with RoboBeast — the 3D printer built to be extremely durable, designed specifically for taking RoboHand into conflict zones and areas of extreme poverty."
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RoboBeast: A Toughened 3D Printer

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  • Recursive solution (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tomhath ( 637240 ) on Saturday February 15, 2014 @03:59PM (#46255697)
    Kudos to him for his work. Better for someone to just get this done instead of waiting for governments/UN/etc to finally get around to talking about it
  • by allaunjsilverfox2 ( 882195 ) on Saturday February 15, 2014 @04:04PM (#46255733) Homepage Journal
    If it proves sturdy enough, it could be used for quick and dirty parts durning disasters. Or even in situ repairs where humans can not go due to danger. For a example, a squad of drones carry the device itself and a explorer bot. And then you can print off custom tools needed for that situation.
  • by Thantik ( 1207112 ) on Saturday February 15, 2014 @04:09PM (#46255747)
    Deltamaker [] already did it, and is a much cooler machine to look at. No frame adjustments needed, automatic bed leveling, T-slot and makerslide based frame which is going to take a load of abuse before anything could actually damage it.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Cutterman ( 789191 )

      I'm South African and I've built stuff for Africa (a paraplegic turning frame).

      It has to be very simple and very very tough as well as repairable by the village blacksmith.

      I reckon van As knows more about it than you or Deltamaker.

      The Cutter

    • I'm surprised they based their designs on linear slides.... it looks like the next generation of RepRap will do away with them entirely: []
      • I'm surprised they based their designs on linear slides.... it looks like the next generation of RepRap will do away with them entirely:

        You're forgetting that the main purpose of this project is to produce something durable and reliable. The RoboBeast design is based on RepRap designs that have been tried and tested to destruction, and then improves on them. Linear actuators are also far more reliable than non-linear ones, and far easier to stabilise (remember, this is resistant to a high degree of movement).

        Besides, traditional manufacturing has had non-linear robots for ages, so they are a known factor -- if it was that easy, first-gen 3

  • is gonna be pissed!

  • Making tech accessible to people in isolated parts of the world that need it more than I do is what excites me about tech. I used to live and work in the Alaskan bush, and dust threatened to kill just about everything with an on switch during the summer, and extreme cold during the winter. Now if only we had more people focusing on making reliable, effective, and modern tools like this, and fewer working on free-to-play games designed to suck out your money/identifying information/dignity/life force.
  • The article refers to it as "the Chuck Norris of printers," which is odd, because it's not wooden at all....

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