soft robotic actuator with gecko-inspired adhesive
Name: Paul Ezio Glick
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