A 3D printer head as a robotic manipulator

Shohei Katakura, Yuto Kuroki, Keita Watanabe

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Abstract

We introduce new ways of using a 3D printer head as a 3-axis robotic manipulator to enable advanced fabrication and usage such as assembling separately printed parts, breaking support materials and actuating printed objects on a build-plate. To achieve these manipulations, we customize a low-cost fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer that can attach/detach printed end-effectors which change the function of the 3D printer head (e.g. grab, break, and rotate printed objects). These techniques afford the 3D printer to fabricate and assemble complete kinetic objects such as automatons without manual processing (i.e. removing support materials and assembling objects). We conclude that a small modification to a standard 3D printer, allows us to fabricate and assemble objects without human intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages535-542
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368162
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2019
Event32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2019 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 20 Oct 201923 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameUIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2019
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period20/10/1923/10/19

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3D printers
Manipulators
Robotics
End effectors
Fabrication
Kinetics
Processing
Costs

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Fabrication
  • Fused deposition modeling
  • Robotics

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Katakura, S., Kuroki, Y., & Watanabe, K. (2019). A 3D printer head as a robotic manipulator. In UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 535-542). (UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3332165.3347885
Katakura, Shohei ; Kuroki, Yuto ; Watanabe, Keita. / A 3D printer head as a robotic manipulator. UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2019. pp. 535-542 (UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology).
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Katakura, S, Kuroki, Y & Watanabe, K 2019, A 3D printer head as a robotic manipulator. in UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, pp. 535-542, 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2019, New Orleans, United States, 20/10/19. https://doi.org/10.1145/3332165.3347885

A 3D printer head as a robotic manipulator. / Katakura, Shohei; Kuroki, Yuto; Watanabe, Keita.

UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2019. p. 535-542 (UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology).

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Katakura S, Kuroki Y, Watanabe K. A 3D printer head as a robotic manipulator. In UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 2019. p. 535-542. (UIST 2019 - Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology). https://doi.org/10.1145/3332165.3347885