Shape Programming Using Triangular and Rectangular Soft Robot Primitives
AbstractThis paper presents fabric-based soft robotic modules with primitive morphologies, which are analogous to basic geometrical polygons—trilateral and quadrilateral. The two modules are the inflatable beam (IB) and fabric-based rotary actuator (FRA). The FRA module is designed with origami-inspired V-shaped pleats, which creates a trilateral outline. Upon pressurization, the pleats unfold, which enables propagation of angular displacement of the FRA module. This allows the FRA module to be implemented as a mobility unit in the larger assembly of pneumatic structures. In the following, we examine various ways by which FRA modules can be connected to IB modules. We studied how different ranges of motion can be achieved by varying the design of the rotary joint of the assemblies. Using a state transition-based position control system, movement of the assembled modules could be controlled by regulating the pneumatic pressurization of the FRA module at the joint. These basic modules allow us to build different types of pneumatic structures. In this paper, using IB and FRA modules of various dimensions, we constructed a soft robotic limb with an end effector, which can be attached to wheelchairs to provide assistive grasping functions for users with disabilities. View Full-Text
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Khin, P.M.; Low, J.H.; Ang, M.H.; Yeow, C.-H. Shape Programming Using Triangular and Rectangular Soft Robot Primitives. Micromachines 2019, 10, 236.
Khin PM, Low JH, Ang MH, Yeow C-H. Shape Programming Using Triangular and Rectangular Soft Robot Primitives. Micromachines. 2019; 10(4):236.Chicago/Turabian Style
Khin, Phone M.; Low, Jin H.; Ang, Marcelo H.; Yeow, Chen-Hua. 2019. "Shape Programming Using Triangular and Rectangular Soft Robot Primitives." Micromachines 10, no. 4: 236.
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