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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.

A precision arm for miniature robots

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.

What are manipulator robots? Overview of types and applications

This computational tool can generate an optimal design for a complex fluidic device such as a combustion engine or a hydraulic pump.

Computational system streamlines the design of fluidic devices

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.

Scientists Suggest Efficient Microfluidic Synthesis for Metal-Organic Frameworks

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.

University Technology Exposure Program 2022: May Update

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.

Paper-based microfluidics offer pathway to rapid and low-cost prototyping

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.

How 3D-printing technology be used to fabricate low-cost microfluids on mm-scale?

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.

BirdBot, a 3D-printed bipedal robot, offers major efficiency gains through avian biomimicry

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.

Design inspiration from woodpeckers could allow robotic arms to be bendable and extendable

Prof. Jay Guo and his team discovered a scalable way to settle down and precisely arrange micro- and nano-sized particles according to size

Egg-carton-style patterning keeps charged nanoparticles in place and suitable for a wide range of applications

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

Cystic fibrosis faithfully modeled in a human Lung Airway Chip

Wyss researchers describe their journey in developing the eRapid technology for fast and inexpensive diagnostic testing of multiple biomarkers at the point-of-care

eRapid: developing a multiplexed electrochemical diagnostic platform from the ground up

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.

Microfluidics and synthetic biology expanding capabilities of biotechnology

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.

Inflatable, shape-changing spinal implants could help treat severe pain

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