3D Printing of Self Healing Soft Robots

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Presentation / Interview by Professor Bram Vanderborght

A JakajimaTV interview with Professor Bram Vanderborght. He is Professor in Robotics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, core lab manager of Flanders Make, and member of the Brussels Human Robotic research center. He is also coordinator of the European project SHERO on self-healing soft robots, and Editor in Chief of Robotics & Automation Magazine.

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“3D and 4D printing of tough hydrogel materials” – Presented by Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong

Hydrogels are smart and multifunctional materials with a real potential for use in a variety of novel applications including soft robotics, (edible) sensors and bionic implants. Consisting of a highly swollen polymer network, hydrogels are typically soft and brittle which means that they are not compatible with many traditional techniques used to process raw materials into useful structures. In this presentation I will demonstrate a variety of (extrusion-based) 3D and 4D printing techniques for processing hydrogel inks alongside other inks of structural polymers to create a range of composite architectures including a smart valve, an artificial cartilage meniscus, an artificial tendon, brain-like structures and edible electronic circuits. Continue reading ““3D and 4D printing of tough hydrogel materials” – Presented by Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong”

Could 4D technology Build And Improve On The 3D printed Car “Strati”?

For quite some time, many of us have desired our own cars to be smart, with the intelligence of the computer system being as important to some drivers as the style of the car. The recent creation of the self-driving buggy shows how far we will go to let vehicles do all the work, so it is no surprise that the concepts of 4D printing cars have been greeted with such enthusiasm. Continue reading “Could 4D technology Build And Improve On The 3D printed Car “Strati”?”