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Robots and 3-D printers aren’t yet used by mainstream consumers but when I find one effort that combines the two, it’s a “nerdgasm” to the extreme. Take a peek at this video showing off a robotic hand that was created from a 3-D printer.

3-D printed robot hand

Robots and 3-D printers aren’t new products, but they have yet to be embraced by mainstream consumers. Still, I keep an eye towards the future on both of these, and when I find one effort that combines the two, it’s a “nerdgasm” to the extreme. Take a peek at this video, found by TheRobotShop, showing off a robotic arm and hand that was created from a 3-D printer.

There’s still some work to be done here by the creator, who goes by the name of “hairygael’ on his InMoov blog, but it’s impressive, nonetheless. The printed plastic arm is filled with servo motors at every joint and the action takes place via an Arduino platform and keyboard.

Geeks with access to a 3-D printer can replicate the robotic hand as the printer design file is freely available here, along with instructions to print the hand. Aside from the geek factor of a working robot hand, this project emphasizes that not only will we one day be able to print our own 3-D objects, but we can replicate those from others. There’s no need to design everything in the future; just print it!

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  1. Really good post. The world of 3D is so fascinating that it’s being inculcated into everything we do; even gaming. I’ve found this gadget which allows you to play 3D games on a regular 2D monitor just for 350 US dollars!!
    Check it out: http://techngizmos1.blogspot.in/2012/05/visuz-3d-filter-play-3d-games-on-2d.html

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