We all know 3d printing is an open source which has brought many wonders till now. 3d printing technology has been showing a huge impact in the robotics industry. Many researchers in creating robots have been applying 3d printing technology. Especially in open source robots researchers are wisely applying 3d printing since the additive manufacturing technology has the ability to provide the physical body structures exactly as per 3d modeling dimensions.
One such open source designer Madis Kassik and his team together developed the pi Tank robot open source for anyone to build their own 3d printed robot. Kassik has in-depth knowledge and passion towards engineering and design, his key skills are mainly towards 3D modeling, computerized cutting machines (CNC), 3d printing, machine tools, jewelry making. On the hackathon day (an event an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects.) kassik was searching for resources and found Raspberry Pi, Mass Portal, Microsoft and Estonian Defence Academy, he immediately decided to club it all the four resource together to get Pi Tank.
Mass Portal resourced 3d printing service while Microsoft provided him the Microsoft Kinect. Raspberry Pi acted as a mentor for this project and Estonian defense academy helped Kassik in solving support queries. Using all these resources, he created a pet robot for everyone that includes 3d printed parts, Kinect sensor, and Raspberry pi single-board.
Initially, he designed the Pi tank robot using Sketchup and Solid Edge for 3d printing. Each and every part was printed using Pharaoh Printer of Mass Portal. Kassik used PLA filament which is strong enough and non-toxic comparing to ABS filament. Overall he aimed to bring cheap pet robot which he achieved quite easily.
“If we have a unified hardware platform - software can take over with rapid development.” said Kristjan Järvan, CEO of Pi Tank
This robot can look around with help Kinect sensor, the future features of this robot are mapping app, a ‘robot pet’ app, military-specific apps and many more which will be available in Google Play and Apple app store.
“Everybody loves robots, but when smart guys build them, play with them once and then leave them to the atticts - nobody wins,”