A PIRE student Carrie Trant of RPI received a best paper award from the 3rd International Workshop on Active Materials and Soft Mechatronics (S. Korea)

A former PIRE Ph.D. student, Dr. James D. Carrico of U of Utah, joined Univ. of Mary as Assistant Prof. of Mechanical Engineering in Summer 2018.

3D printed hand

Turnable, twistable robots

ionic polymer-metal composite array

20th Annual EAP-in-Action Demonstration: Multiple mode ionic polymer-metal composite array for the use in travelling wave actuators and sensing

3D printed hand

3D Printed Robotic Muscles- A Ray of Hope for Physically Challenged People

Robots have long been used to ease up the work of humans. They can be used for cleaning houses, operating devices, to communicate, or build objects. But after all, they have rigid parts and cannot perform multiple operations, move around difficult spaces and perform versatile movable operations. This is mainly due to the fact that they are made of solid materials and lack flexibility. But with a new age technology of soft robotics emerging, these manoeuvers will be possible.
Researchers from America, Korea and Japan recently joined hands at the National Science Foundation Project to create 3D printed soft robotic devices. The goal of this innovation is to create real and functional robotic muscles that could be used to develop prosthetic muscles for disabled people. Though real looking hands have been developed numerous times, they sadly do not function so. Kwang Kim, a professor at the University of Nevada, Los Angeles, recently collaborated with the NSF’s Partnership for Research and Education Program (PIRE), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Japan’s institute of Advanced Industrial Science, to develop realistic robot muscles. [read article online]