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There are 5 comments on 3D Printing Robot Uses AI Machine Learning for US Army Research

  1. A 3D printer that could “fractalize” the material forming the shape could possibly increase energy absorption. The part appears fairly solid so only the overall shape and the elasticity of the material absorbs the energy; if the part was composed of small versions of that overall shape throughout the shape, like a fractal, it could possibly absorb even more energy. The challenge will be to dissipate the heat that deformation generates which would weaken the EM bonds that give the polymer its elasticity / resistance to deformation. A stronger polymer might be able to be fractalized and still absorb more energy per weight.

  2. The robot moved with precision and executed the task as programmed. I noticed the glass wall surrounding the art was untouched even with the robots multiple moves. The glass frame idea was a great one . Beautiful innovation, Creativity at its peak

  3. This is amazing! A robot designed a super-efficient shape for absorbing energy. This could lead to safer helmets, better packaging, and more. Exciting to see tech pushing boundaries!

  4. It would be interesting to find other shapes that have this efficiency, then compare them to learn if there is a pattern that is inherent to energy absorption. In the matter of recycling the used plastic, I doubt if “unwinding” the filament is the answer. It will be more like the method of unscrambling an egg –> feed it to a chicken. The used filament material will have to be re-melted and extruded.

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