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September 29, 2016 AT 4:30 pm

#3DPrinted Metamaterial Mechanisms via @superreleaser

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Aidan Leitch sent us this blog tip. The awesome folks at Super-Releaser and Hasso Plattner Institute are doing some great stuff with soft robotics.

3D PRINTED METAMATERIAL MECHANISMS

Lately, the soft robotics field has been seeing more and more that many normally rigid structures and systems (with hard parts like bearings, hinges, levers, etc) can be replaced by compliant mechanisms that provide the same result. A great example is Super-Releaser’s own Glaucus robot. While there are many “hard” robotic quadrupeds that can walk, the Glaucus walks while being completely made of super-soft silicone. Compliant mechanisms can have many advantages, however the difficulty comes when designing such a mechanism that will provide the desired feedback consistently and reliably. Researchers Alexandra Ion, Johannes Frohnhofen, Ludwig Wall, Robert Kovacs, Mirela Alistar, Jack Lindsay, Pedro Lopes, Hsiang-Ting Chen, and Patrick Baudisch at the Hasso Plattner Institute have published a new research paper regarding a powerful solution to this problem.

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