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CHIPS Articles: Pentagon 3D Print-a-Thon: Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative

Pentagon 3D Print-a-Thon: Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative
By DON Innovation - March 21, 2017
The MeRLIn effort investigates quadruped locomotion on the 5-10 kg scale. Quadrupeds are capable of navigating terrain too challenging for wheeled or tracked platforms, and can perform future dynamic running, jumping, and climbing operations. U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) envisions quadruped robots that can be easily carried and deployed from a backpack. To meet this form factor and power density, NRL uses advanced technologies including additive manufacturing to construct custom high-pressure hydraulic manifold that also serves as the robot's structure.

Read about MERLIN in the infograph at right.

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NRL infograph which describes the MERLIN program
NRL infograph which describes the MERLIN program
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