Researchers Develop Process Flow for High-res 3D Printing of Mini Soft Robotic Actuators

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SUTD: Yuan‐Fang Zhang, Wang Zhang, Sahil Panjwani, Hui Ying Yang, Colin Ju‐Xiang Ng (formerly), Kavin Kowsari (formerly)
SUSTech: Qi Ge
ZJU: Zhe Chen

SUTD, SUSTech and ZJU researchers’ proposed process flow guides 3D printing of miniature soft pneumatic actuators. Integrating the prints into a robotic system offers potential applications in jet-engine maintenance and minimally invasive surgery.

A generic process flow is proposed to guide the 3D printing of miniature soft pneumatic actuators that are smaller than a coin. A soft debris remover with an integrated miniature gripper can realize navigation through a confined space and collection of small objects in hard-to-reach positions.

Soft robots are a class of robotic systems made of compliant materials and capable of safely adapting to complex environments. They have seen rapid growth recently and come in a variety of designs spanning multiple length scales, from meters to submicrometers.

You can find more details at https://www.sutd.edu.sg/Research/Research-News/2019/8/process-flow-for-high-res-3D-print-soft-robotic

2021-09-28T17:38:04+00:00