New era in robotics: 3-D-printed robot is hard at heart, soft on the outside

Engineers have created the first robot with a 3-D-printed body that transitions from a rigid core to a soft exterior. The idea of blending soft and hard materials into the robot’s body came from nature.The rigid layers make for a better interface with the device’s electronic brains and power sources. The soft layers make it less vulnerable to damage when it lands after jumping. —> Read More