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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Construction companies face increased pressure in today’s market to reduce costs and maintain profit margins. An increase in the cost of materials, the effect of rising wages, the lack of skilled or trained workers to perform the work, and productivity challenges have created an environment where quality is often sacrificed to meet budgets and timelines.

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Construction companies face increased pressure in today’s market to reduce costs and maintain profit margins. An increase in the cost of materials, the effect of rising wages, the lack of skilled or trained workers to perform the work, and productivity challenges have created an environment where quality is often sacrificed to meet budgets and timelines.

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