Soft robotics: The deformation and movement of soft components

A framework for the automated design and modelling of soft robotic systems

Kategorien Zeitschriften/Aufsätze (reviewed)
Jahr 2017
Autoren Runge, G.; Raatz, A.
Veröffentlicht in CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, Elsevier B.V., 2017, Vol. 66/1, pp. 9-12, (4 pages)

The introduction of collaborative robots is expected to have a positive impact on industrial assembly. In this respect, new generations of robots that can deform and yield in a collision, thus being less harmful, seem a promising supplement to traditional rigid-link robots. Recently, these so-called soft robots have received significant attention and are now beginning to unfold their potential in industrial automation. This paper presents a framework for a soft robot design and modelling tool that effectively combines finite element analysis, continuum robot modelling, and machine learning. To validate the proposed method, a soft actuator is designed, modelled, and tested.

ISSN 0007-8506
DOI 10.1016/j.cirp.2017.04.104