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Rotational multimaterial printing of helical filaments for soft robotics and structural composites

Multimaterial 3D printing with a twist

Borrowing from methods used to produce optical fibers, researchers from EPFL and Imperial College have created fiber-based soft robots with advanced motion control that integrate other functionalities, such as electric and optical sensing and targeted delivery of fluids.

Steerable soft robots could enhance medical applications

Inspired by the biomechanics of the manta ray, researchers at North Carolina State University have developed an energy-efficient soft robot that can swim more than four times faster than previous swimming soft robots.

'Butterfly Bot' is Fastest Swimming Soft Robot Yet

Researchers have developed a hackable and multi-functional 3D printer for soft materials that is affordable and open design.

Introducing 'Printer.HM' - the future of 3D printing for soft materials

Jellyfish-like soft gripper mimics the mechanics of curly hair

Tentacle robot can gently grasp fragile objects

Researchers created a system that lets robots effectively use grasped tools with the correct amount of force.

Soft robots that grip with the right amount of force

Wenhuan Sun, Victoria Webster-Wood, and Adam Feinberg have created an open-source, commercially available fiber extruder to benefit future research with hydrogels and soft robotics.

Hydrogels pave way for future of soft robotics

Carnegie Mellon mechanical engineering researchers have developed a new scalable and reproducible manufacturing technique that could accelerate the mainstream adoption and commercialization of soft and stretchable electronics.

Scaling up the production of liquid metal circuits

Why a robot’s reach exceeds its grasp

Why Can't Robots Just Get a Grip?

Inflatable actuators use origami principles to deform in intricate ways

Complex motions for simple actuators

A multidisciplinary team of researchers combined liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) with a thermoelectric device (TED) to develop a stretchable transducer capable of electrically controlled actuation, active cooling, and thermal-to-electrical energy conversion for soft robotics.

A cooler side to soft robotics

A collaboration between Cornell researchers and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory has leveraged hydrodynamic and magnetic forces to drive a rubbery, deformable pump that can provide soft robots with a circulatory system, in effect mimicking the biology of animals.

Deformable pump gives soft robots a heart

The heart of the new soft robot is a 'hysteretic valve', as the researchers call their invention in a publication in the journal Matter.

Sputtering ketchup bottle lets soft robots run smoothly

In this episode, we talk about how engineers inspired by some of biology’s most miniature wonders (like dandelions' seeds and microorganisms' cilia) are using their knowledge to make major breakthroughs in biosensing, robotics, biomedical engineering, and more.

Podcast: Size Matters: Tiny Biomimicry Leads to Big Breakthroughs

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