Soft robotics#

Lily Chambers and Adriana Cabrera

Program Outline#

This class will focus in the study of a specific field in robotics, the soft robotics. Unlike rigid robots we are mostly used to, soft bodied robots have similarities and performance characteristics similar to living organisms or the human body. Soft-robotics are based in Bio-inspired design or biomimicry and have applications in wearables, rehabilitation prosthetics, surgical robots, rescuing and others. We will focus on the fabrication of soft actuators, sensors and grippers using novel materials, artificial muscles and performative locomotion design.

References#

  • Biomimicry
  • Locomotion
  • Pneumatics
  • Flexures
  • Molding and casting

Assignment#

  • Document the concept, sketches, references also to artistic and scientific publications
  • Make a soft robotic sample, develop the pattern for the Inflatable and draw a sketch of the air flow
  • Build a pneumatic wrist brace (basic level) or thermovynil sample
  • Build a Soft Gripper (intermediate level) or
  • Build and document a Pneumatic, digitally controlled system , electronics schematic, electronic control and code (advanced level)
  • Experiment with different materials, such as silicones, 3d printing, parchment paper, thermoadesive vynil, bioplastic , document your achievements and unexpected outcomes
  • Upload a small video of your inflatable working
  • EXTRA POINT Integrate it into a project

How will it be evaluated#

  • References : tutorial , links, inspiration
  • Design : sketch , 2D and 3D modeling, Parametric modeling and electronic skills, simulation
  • Fabrication : Capable of executing from file to production workflow, molding and casting, vinylcutting, laser cutting
  • Documentation : Anyone can go through the process and understand
  • Final outcome : Is the project assembled, functioning and complete
  • Originality - Aesthetics : Has the design been thought through and elaborated

Lecture notes#

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Review#

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