Incredible resource! Harvard Launches Free Soft Robotics Toolkit :
The Soft Robotics Toolkit is the result of Harvard’s attempt to create comprehensive instructional kits for hands on design projects that remained easy to understand and use. It started with a total of three soft robotic projects but has steadily grown and evolved rapidly. One of the newer projects calls for 3D printing molds to create Fiber-Reinforced Actuators that are made of soft, inflatable bladders surrounded by a firm structure that will allow for specific types of movements. These types of soft robots are ideal for medical tools and assistance devices.
Now that 3D printing is so common, you can easily produce 3D molds that will create these soft robotic parts when printed. The toolkit contains all the information that you need to create these actuators and the electronics and mechanical parts that drive them….
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!