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The prototype is one of the most important steps in creating successful robots. Episode 3 of RNTV takes us into the fascinating world of creating prototypes. Amy travels to the Auto Desk Gallery in San Francisco to explore this showcase of 3D ingenuity, where engineering, technology and creative design intersect. Christine visits with top team members of Anthrotronix, an R&D firm specializing in advanced interface technology and located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Amy winds up this episode with a 3D printing demonstration at a Tech Shop near Washington, DC. Stay tuned as there’s more to come in our next episode of RNTV when we explore the world of emergency response robots.

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Auto Desk Gallery

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries—including the last 21 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects—use Autodesk software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas before they're ever built or created. Learn more.  Visit autodesk.com/gallery

AnthroTronix

AnthroTronix, Inc. specializes in human-computer interface technology and product development for mobile computing platforms and robotic systems for the advancement of health, communication, education, and defense.  The team has extensive experience in basic and applied research and development related to military training, multimodal interfaces and feedback devices, mobile computing systems, haptic devices, human factors evaluations, and experimental design and testing.  Learn more.  Visit anthrotronix.com.

TechShop

Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center,TechShop provides access to a myriad of professional equipment and software. They also offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. At TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Learn more.  Visit techshop.ws.

3D Printing – Makerbot & Thingiverse

MakerBot's Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world's largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience.  Founded in 2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. The robust MakerBot 3D ecosystem makes 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone.   Learn more.  Visit thingiverse.com and makerbot.com.