Dmitris Hatzis, aged 15 years old has become the youngest child to create a 3D printed, life-size humanoid robot. The creation took him almost one year to complete. The project was part of 'InMoov', which refers to an open-source 3D printed life-size robot. A French model maker and sculptor, named Gael Langevin, created InMoov. The program inspires people to choose a particular design along with the required instructions, 3D print and then put together the humanoid robot themselves. Langevin's plan was described as being replicable using any home 3D printer (along as it has a 12x12x12cm area).
Despite the design being available, it was still a very challenging task. Only Langevin and five other people were able to complete the puzzle; Hatzis was the youngest successor. A German and two Russians were amongst those that completed the sextet. The assemble of 475 pieces, approximately 1 kilometer of ABS plastic and took twelve months for Hatzis to complete. Hatzis named his final masterpiece 'Troopy'.
Those that accepted the challenge to complete the InMoov project did not work against each other; instead, they took the time to help one another. The project turned into a community effort as those participating kept in contact with each other to exchange tips and advice. Despite Hatzis being only 15, the elder contenders treated him like an equal.
'Troop' the 3D model has a variety of impressive attributes. The humanoid can complete a series of head and eye movements. Also, the robot can mimic human movements and can also speak in English fluently. Hatzis is still continuing to work on Troop to improve its abilities even though it is already impressive, to say the least. Young creator Hatzis explained how each model created ensuring that it is an improvement from the last. Given this, there many never be a 'final' version as they are always striving to upgrade and improve the model.
Hatzis has always been interested in robotics. However, it was X-men star Hugh Jackson that gave him the push to get started with the project. The sci-fi film that resembles a futuristic take on Rocky follows the story of Charlie Kenton (Jackman) who use to be a boxer and robot creator. He built a robot during the same time he was trying to gain custody of his son Max. As things are now, it is unsure whether Troopy will be able to throw punches in the ring.
Hatzis's hard work and impressive skills gained recognition at the Industrial Informatics Festival i2fest in Kavala. He received the most prestigious award. It was only last year that the talented young teen earned second place at the 5th Festival of Industrial Informatics for creating his 3D printer from scratch. His latest creation has caught the attention of millions of people, include the U.S. Embassy in Athens who sent their congratulations to the teen. Hatzis's hard work and talent have ensured that he is recognized all around the world.