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Multi-material polymer prototyping for sub-cm mobile robots

This video describes and demonstrates a multi-material polymer prototyping process for quickly, easily, and inexpensively fabricating simple mobile robots. While this process uses low efficiency shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators for now, these will eventually be replaced with more efficient actuators (electrostatics or piezoelectrics). Our goal is to reduce design cycle time and cost for sub-cm mobile robots to test new methods of locomotion at this size scale.

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Dr. Sarah Bergbreiter
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Systems Research
2170 Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD-20742
Phone: 301-405-6506

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