3D-printed soft mesh robots take shape in medical sector and beyond

The Engineer | January 24, 2019

Developed at North Carolina State University (NC State), the structures can reportedly grab small objects and carry water droplets, giving them the potential to be useful as soft robots that mimic creatures living on water surfaces, or that can serve as tissue scaffolds for cell cultures.
“This research shows capabilities in the emerging field of combining 3D printing and soft robotics,” said Orlin Velev, S. Frank and Doris Culberson Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State and corresponding author of a paper describing the research. To create these soft mesh robots, the researchers made ink from silicone microbeads, bound by liquid silicone and contained in water.

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This concept has been further built upon in next-generation wireless networks where the concept of an entirely automated factory can potentially be realized through a wireless link and edge computing. This could allow an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) or an automated guided vehicle (AGV) to transport around materials in a warehou

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This concept has been further built upon in next-generation wireless networks where the concept of an entirely automated factory can potentially be realized through a wireless link and edge computing. This could allow an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) or an automated guided vehicle (AGV) to transport around materials in a warehou

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