An attention-grabbing electronic mail got here on this week, displaying a novel means to make use of low cost resin printers to create these smooth physique actuators.
Researchers Zeyu Yan and Huaishu Peng of the College of Maryland School Park have simply revealed a paper (and video) a few novel new strategy to creating “Interactive Hydraulic Units” utilizing an affordable SLA printer.
As you’ll be able to see within the video above, they’re utilizing a modified resin tub to print these constructions which are versatile and still have fluid trapped inside them. With some inventive design, and a little bit of stress, you’ve acquired a hydraulic actuator. That is the sort of factor that you just’d use to create compliant or soft-body robotics, and now you’ll be able to merely simply print them!