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Dielectric Elastomer Actuators with Carbon Nanotube Electrodes Painted with a Soft Brush

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School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Department of Applied Physics, Waseda University, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan
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School of Creative Science and Engineering, Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan
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Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo 135-8548, Japan
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Actuators 2018, 7(3), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/act7030051
Received: 5 July 2018 / Revised: 19 August 2018 / Accepted: 21 August 2018 / Published: 22 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electroactive Polymer Actuators for Soft Robotics)
We propose a simple methodology to paint carbon nanotube (CNT) powder with a soft brush onto an elastomer. A large deformation of dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) occurs according to the small constraint of the electrodes. Uniform painting with a soft brush leads to a stable deformation, as demonstrated by the results of multiple trials. Unexpectedly, painting with a soft brush results in aligned materials on the elastomer. The oriented materials demonstrate anisotropic mechanical and electronic properties. This simple methodology should help realize innovative DEA applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: additive manufacturing; dielectric elastomer actuator; brush painting additive manufacturing; dielectric elastomer actuator; brush painting
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Shigemune, H.; Sugano, S.; Nishitani, J.; Yamauchi, M.; Hosoya, N.; Hashimoto, S.; Maeda, S. Dielectric Elastomer Actuators with Carbon Nanotube Electrodes Painted with a Soft Brush. Actuators 2018, 7, 51. https://doi.org/10.3390/act7030051

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Shigemune H, Sugano S, Nishitani J, Yamauchi M, Hosoya N, Hashimoto S, Maeda S. Dielectric Elastomer Actuators with Carbon Nanotube Electrodes Painted with a Soft Brush. Actuators. 2018; 7(3):51. https://doi.org/10.3390/act7030051

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Shigemune, Hiroki, Shigeki Sugano, Jun Nishitani, Masayuki Yamauchi, Naoki Hosoya, Shuji Hashimoto, and Shingo Maeda. 2018. "Dielectric Elastomer Actuators with Carbon Nanotube Electrodes Painted with a Soft Brush" Actuators 7, no. 3: 51. https://doi.org/10.3390/act7030051

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