Soft Robotics

Björn Bouwer, Nico Hochgürtel

project report

Serious accidents involving metallic robots and humans happen too frequently in industry. Therefore, we set ourselves the goal of designing and constructing soft components for robots. We manufactured a sort of "elephant's trunk" from special silicon, which contains a special arrangement of air chambers that can expand to actuate the trunk. This way, even sensitive objects can be held securely. Furthermore, we built a hand consisting of several fingers (trunks), which can pick up and hold very fragile objects carefully and securely.

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