During natural or man-made disasters, emergency personnel face challenges that require customized and flexible tools. Instead of prebuilt and prepositioned supplies, an adaptable library of modular robots can be 3D printed on site, as needed. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Robotic Research LLC is developing 3D printed components that will allow these customized products to be deployed in a fraction of the time normally required in emergency.
These first prototypes both share a set of core non-printed interchangeable components (motors, sensors, controllers,…) in order to keep costs down and to facilitate the design of additional devices. Affordable, these robots aim to provide challenge-specific disaster response: think of them as the 3D printed TransformersTM of emergency response.
While the current SAARP system is focused on disaster response personnel, this concept will be expanded to a range of customers, including law enforcement, military, universities, research facilities, and other government agencies.