Progress Report – Dunn and Elliot

Pivoting from focusing on the practical application to utilizing the interesting properties of the material that we have chosen. By focusing on what we wanted the result to look like then working backwards, we pigeonholed ourselves and lost sight of what we were trying to achieve. Our new prototype with the stiffer silicone worked much
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Mold Design Workshop Based on a gripper design from various sources, this actuator translates pneumatic pressure to a gripping force. Utilizing two different thicknesses of silicon on the top and bottom of the actuator, it is able to bend its “fingers” inwards. The link to the files is here:

Reading, Searching, and Skimming

IEEE: P. Glick, S. A. Suresh, D. Ruffatto, M. Cutkosky, M. T. Tolley and A. Parness, “A Soft Robotic Gripper With Gecko-Inspired Adhesive,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 903-910, April 2018, doi: 10.1109/LRA.2018.2792688. This paper covers a gripper that uses a specific kind of polymer that creates adhesion with
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Infusing Art with Technology

The Egg Chair I decided to approach this project from a product design lens by inspecting quintessential furniture designs. The Egg Chair was the most interesting and common piece that I found, and has an interesting purpose that is apt for soft robotic adaptations. Designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Egg Chair was
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