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Make: 3D Printing by Anna Kaziunas France

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Chapter 18. How I Printed a Humanoid

In recent years I’ve experimented with 3D printing the structural brackets for my humanoid robot Boomer (Figure 18-1). Boomer and I compete at RoboGames and show off at Maker Faires, and people always ask me: Why 3D printing? Why not just make the brackets out of metal like everyone else?

Michael and Boomer
Figure 18-1. Michael and Boomer

I started to do it just because I could. The advent of cheap DIY 3D printers has given makers a new way to manufacture and customize objects, and I was simply exploring this new process. As I printed more parts for my robot, I realized that it could be done—and done cheaply.

Then ...

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