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Cardboardizer lets you create modular robots in minutes

Andrea on July 10, 2016 - 5:27 pm in News
What’s that you say? Your brain is full of amazing robotic creatures, but you just can’t turn them into real things fast enough? Sounds like you need Cardboardizer.

Cardboardizer is a slick new piece of CAD software that’s being developed by the C Design Lab at Purdue University. It’s meant to reduce the time it takes to go from a three-dimensional digital shape to, say, a walking, chomping mechanical beast.

The process certainly seems simple enough. You start by importing a 3D shape, and then you use Cardboardizer to define the areas that you want to articulate — as well as their axes of motion. The software then takes over, slicing sections out of your 3D model to create a series of two-dimensional pieces that snap easily together to form the finished object — in this case, a T-rex.

Its creators say that anyone can figure out how to use Cardboardizer in a few minutes. Assuming you’ve got the required equipment (like a laser cutter or a CNC machine), producing patterns is a  can be cut from just about any material that’s rigid enough to do the job: plastic, wood, metal, acrylic… you name it.

Cardboardizer’s clever cutouts compliment another Purdue project called Ziro. It’s a robotics kit that’s being crowdfunded over on IndieGoGo right now, and they say that it can breathe life into creations like these in mere minutes. Creations like this awesome R2-D2, which looks like it just might have been the product of a Cardboardizer/Ziro collaboration.


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Source: News – Geek.com


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