3d printed soft robotics

Origami Inspires 3D Printed Soft Robotics

Researchers from China have been inspired by origami structures and materials, leading them to the more complex development of robotics, as presented in the recently published “Origami spring-inspired metamaterials and…

Could 4D Printing Enable the Next Generation of Soft Pneumatic Actuators?

Although 3D printing of actuators is a relatively new field of research, interest in the area has grown due to the potential applications of highly customizable, programmable, small scale actuators…

Somatosensitive Actuators Integrated into Soft Robotics via 3D Printing

US researchers delve further into soft robotics, outlining their findings in the recently published ‘Soft Somatosensitive Actuators via Embedded 3D Printing.’ Developing a new method relying on soft somatosensitive actuators…

Australian Researchers 3D Printing Tactile Sensors with TPU and PLA Composites

In the recently published ‘An Ultrasensitive 3D Printed Tactile Sensor for Soft Robotics,’ Australian researchers Saeb Mousavi, David Howard, Chun Wang, and Shuying Wu create a new method for production…

Chinese Researchers Design 3D Printed Biomimetic Soft Robotics & Grippers

In the recently published ‘3D printed shape-programmable magneto-active soft matter for biomimetic applications,’ researchers from China explore the development of a high-performance material that transforms quickly from one shape to…

Robotics Manufacturing at the Next Level with 4D Printed Soft Robotics

Authors Ali Zolfagharian, Akif Kaynak, and Abbas Kouzani explore the growing science of soft robotics, outlining their findings in the recently published ‘Closed-loop 4D-printed soft robots.’ Emphasizing how fast this…

Quebec: New Framework for 3D Printing Soft Robotics

‘Geometric Simulation and Additive Manufacturing of Multi-Material Soft Robots’ is a recent master’s thesis by Christopher-Denny Matte, a student at Concordia University (Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science Mechanical,…

3D Printed Cellular Fingers Offer Material Balance Required for Modern Robotics

In ‘Toward a Smart Compliant Robotic Gripper Equipped with 3D-Designed Cellular Fingers,’ authors Manpreet Kaur and Woo Soo Kim delve into the world of combining 3D printing and robotics. Their…

TU Delft Researchers Create Soft Robotics that Respond to Color-Based Sensors

As 3D printing and robotics continue to collide and complement each other, new machines are being created. In soft robotics, we’re seeing the emergence of a class of machines that…

3D Printed Robotic Mesh Structures Controlled by Magnetic Fields

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new kind of robot – one that floats on water and can be controlled with applied magnetic fields. These 3D printed flexible…

The State and Future of 3D Printing at The End of 2018

For the first time, it seems patently obvious where 3D printing is heading. There is almost universal agreement on what is going on and what the future developments are to…

Aether and UCLA Partner to Develop 3D Printed Artificial Muscles

Robots have come a long way, moving past their traditional image of stiff metal machines and becoming something much more varied and sophisticated. Soft robotics is an expanding field, leading…

MIT’s 3D Printable Magnetic Ink Creates Rapidly Shape-Sifting Objects

Often, when we’re dealing with 3D printed shape-shifting structures, they move when responding to different temperatures. But the innovative engineers at MIT, who have prior experience with using 3D printing to create…

3D Printed Swimming Soft Robot Uses Shape Memory Polymers to Paddle Forwards and Backwards

In November, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) published a study that explained how shape memory polymers can be the catalyst for making adaptable materials that will…

ACEO Highlights Silicone 3D Printing for Soft Robotic Grippers

Yesterday, we learned that 3D printed silicone leader ACEO, a brand launched by German chemical company Wacker Chemie AG in 2016, made its first public disclosure of fluorosilicone 3D printing, which is a 100% elastomer…

3D Printing News Briefs: March 27, 2018

We’ve got plenty of business news to share with you in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by some interesting research efforts. Sciaky and Sigma Labs are both announcing new…

Soft Robotic Fish with 3D Printed Components Ready for Marine Life Observation

I am always excited on the days I get to learn about the latest remarkable 3D printing innovation coming out of MIT’S Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). This…

Jeju National University Researchers Publish Study on 3D Printing in Soft Robotics

There are many applications in today’s world for the field of soft robotics, especially when combining the technology with 3D printing, from creating better prosthetics and making it safer to work…

Harvard Researchers Develop Novel 3D Printing Method to Give Soft Robotic Gripper the Ability to Sense Its Surroundings

Soft robotics has turned the idea of robots only being made of hard, rigid parts on its tail, and pairing the technology with 3D printing has led to some remarkable…

Researchers Develop 3D Printed Soft Robotic Mechanism, Inspired by Origami Tower, For Use on the Assembly Line

3D printed robots come in all shapes and sizes – we’ve seen cute robots, robots that can crawl, or walk on 3D printed legs, robots that resemble eels, and humans, and…

Soft Robotics: 3D Printable Synthetic Soft Muscle is 3X Stronger Than Natural Muscle

According to 3D printing guru Hod Lipson, who’s founded four companies, developed an innovative food 3D printer, co-authored two books and over 200 papers, and spoken at multiple industry events, robots…

UC San Diego Researchers’ Soft Robot Can Walk Over Rough Terrain with Four 3D Printed Legs

We’ve seen some pretty fascinating 3D printing research in the medical field out of the University of California San Diego over the last couple of years, like a 3D printed…

BRL Team to Create Biomimetic Forebrain for 3D Printed Robotic Hand

Individuals—and different cultures—worldwide have varying perceptions of how robots should look, and what they should do. Dating back to the first popular science fiction books and movies, our fascination with…

MIT Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Soft, Nearly Invisible Hydrogel Robots

Soft robotics are becoming increasingly common as researchers and engineers develop new ways to fabricate robots from materials that range from flexible plastics to silicones. A team of engineers at MIT, however,…