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3D-Printed Soft Robotic Tentacle Displays New Level of Agility
Cornell University engineers have developed a method to re-create the arrangement of muscles of an octopus tentacle, using an elastomer and 3D printer. The research was groundbreaking since until now, 3D printing methods could not directly print a soft robotic device with as much agility and degree of freedom as the new method provides, according to Rob Shepherd, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. The research team developed the mechanical design using a digital mask projection stereolithgraphy system for the 3D printing of soft actuators.
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