Story 2014-05-29 3N5 Intel's 3D Printed Robot

Intel's 3D Printed Robot

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story imageIntel plans to offer a consumer grade 3D printed robot for $1600 later this year. Jimmy, a desktop robot , will include an Intel chip and be programmable using open source tools.
The hardware designs will be freely available online, allowing anyone with access to a 3-D printer to generate and assemble the basic parts.

The grand vision is to lower the barrier of entry to robotics.
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But Why Not Just Sell The Plastic Parts? (Score: 1, Insightful)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-29 18:31 (#1YS)

Who are we kidding here? All the real meat of the robotics and electronics are being delivered separately. All that the 3D printer is doing is producing plastic parts... slowly, roughly, and very inefficiently.

I'm not against it, but there's a huge hype train on 3D printing.

Why wouldn't this "kit" just also include the plastic shell parts, efficiently and cheaply mass produced in a real factory?

Is it really that thrilling for aging geeks to watch plastic getting melted in person?

Re: But Why Not Just Sell The Plastic Parts? (Score: 1)

by on 2014-05-29 20:05 (#1YT)

If we're going all the way geek here, I'm thinking the best use for a 3D printer is printing models of your D&D characters. ...That said, I half agree with you--this is not an effective implementation of 3D printing. We're sort of in a pre-enlightenment period of the science. The really interesting stuff is going to happen when they start putting together synthesized chemicals and we get 3D printed food ala Star Trek.

Re: But Why Not Just Sell The Plastic Parts? (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-30 12:39 (#1Z2)

That might help those in the latest generation who have not really learned to cook. I wonder if 3D printed food will become a fad or whether this will, in contrast, make "all natural" food even more "good", in the minds of consumers?

Re: But Why Not Just Sell The Plastic Parts? (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-02 09:15 (#204)

If I could my solution for good food would be quite simple, to live in East Asia: China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea, or Japan. It's not that I'm horrible at cooking, it's that so many people are so much better, skilled, and experienced and in addition in my opinion these countries have an accessible food culture beyond any other places. I read a philippine food magazine today and it reminded me of how much I miss it.