Lego Robot Helps Researchers Build Artificial Bones
Utilizing its precise dipping technique, two scientists made a Lego Mindstorms kit a key component of their experiment.
Researchers at Cambridge University used a Lego Mindstorms robotics kit to build artificial bone, which involves repeatedly dipping a base object in various solutions. This is an interesting application of a low-cost and widely available robotics kit, which could also be used to perform other tedious scientific tasks.
Lecturer Michelle Oyen and PhD student Daniel Strange carried out the scientific research and Strange decided to automate the repetitive process. He used a Lego Mindstorms robotics kit to build two small cranes, which moved along a set path, lowering the artificial bone sample into different solutions. This meant the researchers were free to carry out other tasks and also produced perfect samples due to the precision of the robotics.