Robotics plays an eminent role in the technological development in the future research’s where robots could be safely deployed in difficult-to-access environments so as to produce the efficient result.
Although as we are moving fast in the technology sector and developing a centimeter-sized robot, they are not technically developed enough to soft fabricate multifunctionally. Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), A team of researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Boston University now challenged this by developing an integrated fabrication method that employs the design of soft robots on the millimeter scale with micrometer-scale features.
The Scientists state that “The smallest soft robotic systems are simple to design mechanisms, with only one degree of freedom, that means they can only synthesize one particular change in shape or type of movement”. Here we developed a new hybrid technology that combines three different fabrication techniques that include a soft robotic spider made only of silicone rubber with 18 degrees of freedom, encompassing changes in structure, motion, and color within the micrometer range.
Wood, a core faculty member and co-leader of the bioinspired soft robotics platform at the Wyss Institute and the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS explained that, “In the mechanism of soft robotic devices implementation, this new fabrication method paves the way towards achieving complexity and functionality as they exhibit their effective counterparts,” In the future, it can also help us to develop and understand structural relationships in small animals robots much better than rigid robots can.
He also mentioned that their MORPH concept created by implementing single fabricated structure, a monolithic process that can be performed in few days and easily iterated in design optimization that can be reconfigurable for Pneumatic/Hydraulic device, where the team first used a soft lithography technique to generate 12 layers of an elastic silicone
The Scientists also hope that “The MORPH approach will surely help in the field of soft robotics and medical applications where the smaller sizes and flexibility of these robots could enable an entirely new path for microscopy and endoscopy.