Through a recent confluence of technological capacities, self-replicating robots have become a potentially nearterm rather than speculative technology. In a practical sense, self-replicating robots can never become obsolete - the first self- replicating robots will spawn all future generations of robots, subject to deliberate upgrading and/or evolutionary change. Furthermore, this technology promises to revolutionise space exploration by bypassing the apparently-insurmountable problem of high launch costs. We present recent efforts in 3D printing the key robotic components required for any such self- replicating machine.

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Keywords 3D printing, in-situ resource utilisation, self-replicating machine, space robotics
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/IRIS.2017.8250102
Conference 5th IEEE International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors, IRIS 2017
Citation
Ellery, A. (2018). Universal construction based on 3D printing electric motors: Steps towards self-replicating robots to transform space exploration. In Proceedings - 2017 IEEE 5th International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors, IRIS 2017 (pp. 81–85). doi:10.1109/IRIS.2017.8250102