Until now, microscopic robotic systems have had to make do without arms. Now researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an ultrasonically actuated glass needle that can be attached to a robotic arm. This lets them pump and mix minuscule amounts of liquid and trap particles.
Manipulator robots can be found anywhere from automotive factories to hospitals. Used to grab and move items of various sizes, manipulators comprise a multi-jointed arm and an end effector.
This computational tool can generate an optimal design for a complex fluidic device such as a combustion engine or a hydraulic pump.
Scientists from ITMO’s School of Physics and Engineering suggest a quicker and more efficient method – microfluidic synthesis of metal-organic frameworks using chips. Potentially, it can be used for targeted drug delivery.
With articles related to Microfluidics, Swarm Robotics, Biomedical Instruments, Aviation, and more, University Technology Exposure Program saw another fantastic month of project showcases by student researchers.
A team from the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University has developed a novel way to fabricate diagnostic devices using paper-based microfluidics that can be rapidly prototyped and scaled for manufacturing.
The users will be able to print their own microfluidic channel design using the open source CAD tool, enabling rapid prototyping and lowering the entry barriers.
Created by the Dynamic Locomotion Group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS), BirdBot serves two purposes: Demonstrating a more efficient bipedal robot design, and furthering our understanding of how birds' legs work.
The robot arm, which is inspired by a woodpecker's tongue, can be extended many times its length, bent into an S-shape, and stored in a small space, like Doctor Octopus from the Spider-Man series.
Egg-carton-style patterning keeps charged nanoparticles in place and suitable for a wide range of applications
Prof. Jay Guo and his team discovered a scalable way to settle down and precisely arrange micro- and nano-sized particles according to size
First microfluidic organ-on-a-chip preclinical model of the cystic fibrosis lung airway could help bring new and much needed drugs, and personalized medicine approaches to patients
Wyss researchers describe their journey in developing the eRapid technology for fast and inexpensive diagnostic testing of multiple biomarkers at the point-of-care
Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary field of study that applies engineering principles to biology and enables the engineering of microorganisms to have new functions and produce new materials.
A team of engineers and clinicians has developed an ultra-thin, inflatable device that can be used to treat the most severe forms of pain without the need for invasive surgery.