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Micromachines 2018, 9(2), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi9020050

Manipulating Microrobots Using Balanced Magnetic and Buoyancy Forces

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School of Mechanical Engineering & Automation, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
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Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Biomedical Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100083, China
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Department of Micro-Nano Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-0814, Japan
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 9 December 2017 / Revised: 16 January 2018 / Accepted: 24 January 2018 / Published: 29 January 2018
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Abstract

We present a novel method for the three-dimensional (3D) control of microrobots within a microfluidic chip. The microrobot body contains a hollow space, producing buoyancy that allows it to float in a microfluidic environment. The robot moves in the z direction by balancing magnetic and buoyancy forces. In coordination with the motion of stages in the xy plane, we achieved 3D microrobot control. A microgripper designed to grasp micron-scale objects was attached to the front of the robot, allowing it to hold and deliver micro-objects in three dimensions. The microrobot had four degrees of freedom and generated micronewton-order forces. We demonstrate the microrobot’s utility in an experiment in which it grips a 200 μm particle and delivers it in a 3D space. View Full-Text
Keywords: micro-robot; three-dimension manipulation; microfluidic chip micro-robot; three-dimension manipulation; microfluidic chip
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Feng, L.; Wu, X.; Jiang, Y.; Zhang, D.; Arai, F. Manipulating Microrobots Using Balanced Magnetic and Buoyancy Forces. Micromachines 2018, 9, 50.

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