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3D Printing a soft robotic gripper

Study level

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Science and Engineering Faculty

Science and Engineering Faculty

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Chris Lehnert
Position
Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

This project aims to develop a soft robotic gripper that is suitable for harvesting delicate objects. The gripper is intended to be used on a 7DoF robotic arm for robot grasping. Advances in 3D printing materials such as flexible plastic have enabled novel designs of mechanisms such as robotic grippers to be 3D printed. Different approaches to this problem can be taken such as design soft finger mechanisms and the integration of tactile sensors.

Research activities

  • Design and 3D modelling of a soft robotic gripper
  • Testing 3D printing materials and techniques to print a soft a robotic gripper

Outcomes

  • The novel design and methods for printing a soft robotic gripper
  • A soft robot gripper which can be attached to a robot for grasping delicate objects

Skills and experience

  • 3D CAD design
  • 3D printing experience
  • Gripper/Mechanism design skills

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Contact

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