'Pleurobot' is the name of an impressive 3D-printed animal developed by a group of researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The bot is made with a series of 3D-printed bones and motorized joints, which gives the robotic creature the ability to move just like a real salamander. As well as being able to crawl and walk on land, the creature is able to swim in water. The finished Pleurobot is believed to be the most biomimetically realistic robotic salamanders in the world.
Aside from creating a novel robo-salamander that's a marvel of 3D printing, the researchers believe that what they learned about the salamander's spine will be able to inform how the spinal cord controls human bodily movements. This knowledge could be extremely beneficial for the creation of future therapies and prosthetics for amputee and paraplegic patients.