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Russian Research Foundation Says Developing 3D Printer for Plastic Robot Parts

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Russian scientists are developing a 3D printer capable as a part of building parts for robots, Russia's Foundation for Advanced Research (FPI) told Sputnik on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian scientists are developing a 3D printer capable of using high-strength engineering plastics to build parts for robots, Russia's Foundation for Advanced Research (FPI) told Sputnik on Friday.

"Besides offering solutions to scientific problems, the 3D printer is planned for use in solving practical problems, such as making components for underwater and terrestrial robots. The first Russian 3D printer to work with engineering polymers and their composites will soon be made," the foundation said.

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The current 3D printer market in Russia is dominated by imported machines which predominantly have an inflexible design, use a limited range of materials and have various inbuilt limitations, the FPI explained, adding that the new printer may thus achieve widespread use in the country.

"New materials and equipment for processing them are being created in a laboratory at the Kabardino-Balkarian State University renowned for its polymer material science department. It has worked since the 1960s and has the technological capability to create world-class polymers with properties superior to their foreign competitors," the statement said, adding that the new-generation polymer manufacture project should be complete this year.

3D printing permits for a broader variety of shapes than conventional injection molding and thus offers more custom parts for robots that require enhanced performance to operate in extreme conditions.

FPI was created in 2012 and has been tasked with assisting scientific research related to government security. Its areas of work cover both military and the socio-economic areas.

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