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3D-Printed Grippers for Robots That Grip Almost Anything

University of Washington researchers developed a method for making 3D-printed grippers for robots that are capable of grabbing almost anything. 

3d printed gripper that grasps anything
3D-printed grippers that can grasp almost any object

Their method involves an algorithm that can design a 3D-printable passive gripper based on the target object and its position and then calculates the best path to pick it up without collisions. 

This algorithm makes robot grippers that grip almost anything
The University of Washington researchers developed an algorithm that can design a 3D-printable passive gripper to grip almost any object.

Tests were performed on 22 objects with challenging shapes, including a 3D-printed bunny, a wedge-shaped doorstop, a tennis ball, and a drill. Twenty of these 22 objects were gripped successfully, including two very challenging objects, the wedge and a pyramid-shaped object with a curved keyhole.

3d-printed grippers can pick a variety of objects
3D-printed grippers can pick a variety of objects

This research enables companies to make robot gripper switches as smooth as possible for carrying out different tasks with robots. 

Watch a short video of their work below:

More information about this research:
https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3528223.3530162

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