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Class 12: Soft Robotics#

Global Instructors: Lily Chambers, Adriana Cabrera

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.

Program Outline

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

Materials

  • thermoadesive vynil
  • silicone 30 shore
  • 3D print filament
  • pump

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover the soft robotics field, its applications and the open toolkit
  • Learn the fabrication of soft actuators, sensors and grippers using novel materials, artificial muscles and performative locomotion design

How it will be evaluated HAVE YOU?

  • Developed a pneumatic wrist brace (basic level) or
  • Developed a Soft Gripper (intermediate level) or
  • Built a Pneumatic, digitally controlled system (advanced level)
  • Experimented with different materials, such as silicones, 3d printing, parchment paper and thermoadesive vynil
  • Documented the project and included all source files

Evaluation and assessment

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