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Design of commercial applications of EPAM technology
Author(s): N. Bonwit; J. Heim; M. Rosenthal; C. Duncheon; A. Beavers
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Paper Abstract

Electroactive Polymer Artificial Muscle (EPAM[R]) technology is becoming a robust, high performance, cost effective solution for commercial applications in many sectors. Since its inception in 2004, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (AMI), a spinout company from SRI International, has rigorously pursued the commercialization of this form of artificial muscle technology through innovative designs and fabrication processes, dramatically increasing performance, reliability and manufacturability across a wide variety of applications. Scaleable solutions developed by AMI include air and liquid pumps, valves, linear and angular positioners, rotary motors, sensors and generators. Innovative device designs demonstrating the ability to meet the specifications of demanding applications across broad operating environments and combining practical levels of power densities and actuation lifetimes will be discussed. Integrated electronics control modules allow the freedom to design artificial muscles directly into new or existing product lines while effectively managing the transition from conventional technologies. Simple modular, versatile designs, coupled with low cost industrial materials and flexible automated manufacturing processes, provide a cost effective solution for products serving such diverse industries as consumer electronics, medical devices, and automobiles. Several case examples are presented to illustrate the commercial viability of EPAM[R]-based devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6168, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), 616805 (17 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.658775
Show Author Affiliations
N. Bonwit, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)
J. Heim, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)
M. Rosenthal, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)
C. Duncheon, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)
A. Beavers, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6168:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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