Single Step 3D-Printed Soft Robot Hand

University of Maryland is helping to change 3D printing!

via Scientific American

A soft robotic hand has finally achieved a historic accomplishment: beating the first level of Super Mario Bros. Although quickly pressing and releasing the buttons and directional pad on a Nintendo Entertainment System controller is a fun test of this three-fingered machine’s performance, the real breakthrough is not what it does—but how it was created.

The Mario-playing hand, as well as two turtlelike “soft robots” described in the same recent Science Advances paper, were each 3-D-printed in a single process that only took three to eight hours. “Every one of those robots in this paper was 100 percent no-assembly-required-printed,” says co-author Ryan Sochol, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland.

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