Siemens Created Spider Bots That 3D Print

Walking printers who just so happen to be robot spiders

SiSpis Or Siemens Spiders

SiSpis Or Siemens Spiders

I don't know why Siemens thinks "SiSpis" is a less-creepy name than "robot spider."Siemens

Shipbuilding is a community effort. For Siemens, that community in the future won’t just be the engineers, designers, and workmen on a project: it will also include an army of small robot spiders, 3D printing and weaving together plastic to build that hull. Think of it like a normal shipbuilding facility, only with hundreds of tiny scurrying parts, all working together.

From Siemens:

To accomplish this, the robots use onboard cameras as well as a laser scanner to interpret their immediate environment. Knowing the range of its 3D-printer arm, each robot autonomously works out which part of an area – regardless of whether the area is flat or curved – it can cover, while other robots use the same technique to cover adjacent areas. By dividing each area into vertical boxes, the robots can work collaboratively to cover even complex geometries in such a way that no box is missed. “No one else has attempted to do this using mobile manufacturing,” says [project leader Hasan Sinan] Bank.

The robots even work in shifts -- after two hours of work, a tired spider will transmit its data to a replacement, and then walk back and recharge itself. Right now, the technology is still young, so don’t expect to see any spider-built vessels on the market just yet. Instead, keep an eye on this technology over the next ten years, as it goes from working prototypes to fascinating demonstrations and then finally to mundane, everyday robot swarm.

Robot Spider Stares At Its Own Code

Robot Spider Stares At Its Own Code

While spider-like, these are only six-limbed robots. Maybe the next generation can have eight proper legs.Siemens