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3D printing for gel robotics
Author(s): Kazunari Yoshida; Yuki Takishima; Yuta Hara; Masaru Kawakami; Hidemitsu Furukawa
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Paper Abstract

Yamagata University established the Soft-Matter Robotics Consortium (SOFUMO) to study the extreme parts of robots and to construct epoch-making soft robots using such extreme parts. As a part of such effort, we study a gel piezoelectric sensor and construct a jellyfish-like robot using gel materials such as ion gel, composed of polymer network and ionic liquid, and shape memory gel. We revealed that the ion gel is more appropriate for pressure sensor that particle-doublenetwork hydrogel since impedance of ion gel is changed by application of load weights. In addition, the jellyfish-like robot was constructed using hydrogel and shrinkable wire using electric power. These techniques are expected to be applied to epoch-making soft-matter robots.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10597, Nano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors, and 3D Systems II, 1059717 (23 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2317857
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Kazunari Yoshida, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Yuki Takishima, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Yuta Hara, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Masaru Kawakami, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Hidemitsu Furukawa, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10597:
Nano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors, and 3D Systems II
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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