Build your own air hockey robot using 3D printer components

By on February 10, 2014, 4:45 PM

3D printers are extremely versatile machines but what happens if you simply grow tired of printing your own meme-based figurines, complex spherical gears or other common creations? Why not hack the machine and use its parts to build an automated air hockey opponent?

That’s exactly what one hardware hacker by the name of Jose Julio (no relation to our own Jose and Julio) recently did with his 3D printer. Julio started with a RepRap 3D printer, a DIY kit that is capable of printing replacement parts (or even a full system for a friend).

There was a lot to figure out (puck detection, robot speed, etc.) but through trial and error, he eventually got the machine up and running. And as you can see from the clip above, the robot is very good at the game and difficult to defeat.

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cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That's cool!

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Very clever!

JC713 JC713 said:

Wow quite cool!

Forg0t2 said:

Nice, however the guy/girl must have a lot of money since even 3d printer parts are expensive...

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Awesome that would be so fun to have at home. Just let me set the difficulty. TO MAX!

lmike6453 said:

Lmao that is awesome!

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Oh dear lord, this looks awesome!!!

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It's the physical version of Pong, now with Ai!

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