A 3D designer based in Massacusetts named Justin Mattarocchia has nearly completed the world’s first life sized 3d printed humanoid skeleton, with a 3D Printing pen called 3Doodler.
Since June 2014, Mattarocchia has continued to transform the upper body skeleton of ‘Voight’ into a fully life sized humanoid skeleton, that can talk, see and have basic muscular stuctures.
Mattarocchia implemented the technology of GMC cameras, to enhance the skeleton robot’s intuitive senses of its environment, with 3D vision from the cameras.
Mattarocchia explained, “I can continuously add to it. I can go back to something time and time again and increase its precision,” explained Mattarocchia in a video recently released by GMC. “At first I just tried to make a little skull. And then I thought, ‘I made the skull I might as well make the body.’ I just kept pushing that further and further until I had plastic man. He’s an evolving piece and he’s growing and changing and gaining new abilities.”
GMC cameras are normally integrated in navigation systems of cars to help drivers notify objects or people behind the vehicle. Mattarocchia implied the same concept and turned the robot into a 3d printed robotic skeleton that detects most of the objects and people in its way, which enables it to move around by itself without any control.
Mattarocchia stated, “Having their cameras to work with, giving him sight, through that, is terribly exciting,” explained Mattarocchia. “I just want to make something great, something grand, something beautiful.”
Below is an image of 3Doodler, the instrument that Mattarocchia used to create the basic structures of the humanoid skeleton. While 3D printers completes the print in a certain amount of time if fed with a 3d design, Mittarocchia had to manually layer each print to form the skeleton.