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Soft Robotics Workshop

Learning paths

Path Target Duration Skills
Discovery 18-25 1 day Silicone and biomaterial casting, vinyl cutting, working with a heatpress


This workshop aims at introducing beginners to soft actuators and inflatables. The aim is implement digital prototyping and interactive design in the textiles, fashion or industry.

  • Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how soft robotics can work with interactive materials and generate new applications

  • Get better orientation and experience 3D environment using prepared exercises
  • Prepare your own pattern of design for vinyl cutter
  • Create an inflatable design with vinyl heat transfer material
  • Create a silicone inflatable design in a 3D printed form
  • Create inflatable design of biomaterial in a 3D printed form

Target audience and contexts of use

Students with an interest in textiles, art school teachers. If participants don't have basic knowledge of the soft actuators or no experience with inflatables.

Recommended number of participants: 8-10


  • 2 moderators for 10 participants

  • Assistive help: Margrét Katrin - TextileLab Project Manager (The Icelandic Textile Center) & documenting the process

  • Shemakes Ambassador: Petra Garajová (Fab Lab Barcelona IAAC)


  • Drinks & snacks
  • Projector + computer
  • Material check list
  • 3D printer * Heat press


    • Presentation - Introduction & Set up (20 min)
    • Explanation of silicone casting: Inflatables & Pneumatic structures (2 h)
    • Vinyl & Heat press: Inflatables (2 h)
    • Inflatable break (60 min)
    • Personal project and material exploration: Create & Cut & Inflate (3 h)


Casting materials

- Dragon Skin - Ecoflex 00-30 / Ecoflex 00-35
- Ratio: 1:1
- 3D printed or silicone molds
- Water                 240 ml 
- Gelatine              48 g
- Glycerol              48 g

- Tools:
- Waterproof textile
- Wood embroidery hoop

- Drying:
- Working Time          5 min
- Drying time           7 days
- Place                 fridge / vertical drying
- Heat transfer vynil material and baking paper



Licence and credits

Attribution — ShareAlike CC BY-SA This activity has been designed by Petra Garajova for It is based on Fabricademy´s learning content of Soft Robotics.

Last update: December 23, 2022