Combing two incredible tech trends, the Robotic Modeling Assistant (RoMA) brings together robotic 3D printing and augmented reality. This innovative blend of tech gives users the ability to design primitive 3D models in real-time alongside a fast 3D printer. The system is currently being developed by a group of researchers out of MIT and Cornell in an attempt to give designers the ability to maintain constant visual access to a 3D-printed project. The technology is still in its early stages and is limited to primitive, skeletal designs, but all members of the team are optimistic about the future development of this system.
The Robotic Modeling Assistant currently functions with the user wearing a AR headset while wielding two controllers. The controllers give the user the ability to build 3D models using a CAD program, while the headset gives an AR representation of the design. The actual printing is handled by a 3D printer mounted on a robotic arm. The current design of the printer offers an incredibly fast print time, but is limited to basic designs.
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