Slightly Disturbing 3D Printed Soft Robots Worm Their Way Into Your Mind

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These amazing task based grippers & crawlers are relatively easy to build compared to their cyborg mechanical counterparts.  

Using a 3-D printer to make a mold & selecting materials with the right mechanical properties, it should be possible to make devices in a wide range of sizes.  The gripper, a small six-pointed star, is made of two types of rubber, one softer and more extensible than the other. Air or fluid is pumped into microchannels in the device through a small tube, the softer rubber extends more and introduces curvature. Properly choreographed, this is translated into a functionally working activity.  Researchers in George Whitesides lab at Harvard University, showed off a soft rubber gripper picking up an uncooked egg and an anesthetized mouse without damaging them. 

Guest post by Joshua Harker


  1. Dario Scapitta

    Oh this is really cool!!! It looks like a starfish that lives in the deep ocean!!! Very interesting!

  2. 7PLAIN

    That’s an amazing invention !! Looks like a hydraulic tool.

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