Another frontier in 3-D printing -- printable robots -- is about to be explored with funding from the National Science Foundation under its Expeditions in Computing Program. If such robotic creations are forthcoming, "it would remove barriers and allow the average person to create and customize his or her own robot to meet his or her specific needs," said Ralph Wachter, a program director in the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. "This opens the door to great possibilities in diverse fields spanning health care, energy and transportation."

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