Automated Fiber Embedding for Tailoring Mechanical and Functional properties of Soft Robots

The video shows various stages of the tension based method to embed fibres in soft robot components during casting, direct ink writing (DIW), or embedded 3D printing (e3DP). A weave template is 3D printed (via FDM) around the tired area,…

Automated Fiber Embedding for Tailoring Mechanical and Functional properties of Soft Robots

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The video shows various stages of the tension based method to embed fibres in soft robot
components during casting, direct ink writing (DIW), or embedded 3D printing (e3DP).
A weave template is 3D printed (via FDM) around the tired area, the template has small
pillars arranged around the perimeter to server as anchors of the fibres. Once the parts cure,
they can be cut or trimmed using a laser cutter.
The approach has been tested with organic and inorganic fibres to increase the tensile
strength of soft components. Conductive fibres were used to control the colour changing
Capabilities (via joule heating) of thermo chromic polymer components.

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