Researchers are aiming to develop technology that could transform robotic design and production.

MIT is leading a new five-year project to reinvent how robots are produced and designed, funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project, entitled “An Expedition in Computing for Compiling Printable Programmable Machines,” aims to develop technology that would enable people to design, customize and print a robot in 24 hours. The leader of the project, Professor Daniela Rus, said:

This research envisions a whole new way of thinking about the design and manufacturing of robots, and could have a profound impact on society. We believe that it has the potential to transform manufacturing and to democratize access to robots.

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