Special Issue "3D Printed Actuators"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 7801
Interests: biomimetic actuation; artificial muscles; biomimicry; bioinspiration; distributive control; smart materials; dynamic structures; multifunctional structures; nature-inspired robots; nonlinear phenomena
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It is quite remarkable to witness the achievements made in just the past decade in improving the efficiency, speed, shape factor, range of motion, and utility of 3D-printed actuators for applications in engineering, medicine, and robotics. The emergence of the 3D-printed actuators field and its achievements was enabled by advances in four key areas: active materials, additive manufacturing, reduced-order modeling, and design optimization. For example, the application of active materials into 3D-printed actuators brings together control theory and material science to enable microscopic programming and control of the actuators’ mechanical properties commensurate to those seen in biological systems. Recent research activities residing at the intersection of the aforementioned areas show great promise in creating a new class of transformable 3D actuators capable of changing their shape, dimension, speed, and adaptation to a myriad of internal and external stimuli.
This Special Issue addresses the scientific and engineering challenges and reports recent advancements and discoveries in the field of 3D-printed actuators. Therefore, manuscripts from different branches of engineering, natural and physical sciences, and medicine are invited. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Large range of motion;
- Distributive actuation and control;
- Proprioceptive and haptic feedback;
- Transformable and reconfigurable actuators;
- Active and hybrid materials;
- Modeling and optimization;
- Nonlinear behaviors;
- Degradation and self-repair.
Dr. Ed Habtour
Dr. Samuel Stanton
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Living machines
- Soft robots
- Biomimicry and bioinspiration
- Power density
- Reconfigurable actuation
- Advanced materials