20. soft robotic actuator with gecko-inspired adhesive

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research Institute Affiliation: Contextual Robotics Institute
Faculty Advisor(s): Michael T. Tolley

Primary Student
Name: Paul Ezio Glick
Email: pglick@ucsd.edu
Phone: 202-641-8915
Grad Year: 2021

In this work we investigate soft robotic actuators and study their integration with biologically inspired gecko-like adhesives. Our work shows that when combined with gecko-inspired adhesives, soft actuators deliver new capabilities, such as grasping large curvature and new grasp configurations, and also improves performance in other cases including higher strength grasps, lower fluid pressures, faster operation. We develop a novel manufacturing process and demonstrate a high-strength robotic grasp that can support 25 pounds. This device may be suitable for pick and place industrial operations due to its versatility, speed, and efficiency as well as space-operations due to the low force engage-disengage behavior.

Industry Application Area(s)
Aerospace, Defense, Security | Materials | Robotics

Related Links:

  1. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8255549/
  2. https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/strg/nstrf_2017/Extending_Controllable_Adhesive_Technolo
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMvdK4VifDE&t=1s

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