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This article presents the application of rapid prototyping (RP) in fabricating nonassembly robotic systems with inserts. It presents several techniques for part insertion, along with some examples to illustrate the findings, specifically the rapidly prototyped mobile observation vehicle (RP MOVe). While the methods described provide an alternative manufacturing technique that can be beneficial to those who desire a fully functioning, multiarticulated mechanism with embedded components, it is important to note that the experiments to date have been performed using the SLA 190. The general process described can be modified for other RP machines, though the process may not be as easily accomplished.
Date of Publication: June 2004