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The Exhibitor Console is your XPONENTIAL hub for all the information you need to know – from deadlines to promotional items - in one convenient location.

Important Dates and Information

Virtual Platform Launch

Note: only registered attendees can access the virtual platform and virtual booth. 

September 28, 2020

Virtual Platform Coffee Talk

  • Zoom Link 
  • Meeting ID: 865 9877 2303
  • Passcode: 447699
  • Phone: +1 301 715 8592

October 1, 2020

1:00pm EST

XPONENTIAL 2021 Rebook

Rebook will take place during XPONENTIAL 2020. You will receive an email by Thursday, October 5 with your rebook time. This will be the time that you can log into the system and select your physical booth location for XPONENTIAL 2021 scheduled for Atlanta May 3-6.

October 7-8, 2020

Use our Promotional Toolkit to share your participation at XPONENTIAL and give your customers a discounted registration with code EXHOFFXPO20!

Bio-Inspired Soft Gripper with Mechanical Adhesion

  • Session Number:2047
Tuesday, October 06, 2020: 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Speaker(s)

Session Speaker
Jamie Barnes
Research Assistant
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Description

Interacting with and manipulating objects is a complex task facing many autonomous systems. This paper discusses the use of soft robotic end effectors coupled with gecko-inspired mechanical adhesives as a low-cost, robust solution to this problem. The soft gripper actuates using a series of internal chambers and a working fluid, also known as pneumatic-network (PneuNets). This allows the gripper to compliantly manipulate delicate and complex objects without the use of advanced sensing or control. A robust and modular silicone-molding method was used to design and manufacture different soft gripper “finger” configurations for desired gripping characteristics. Testing shows resilience of soft grippers, even if punctured or torn. Incorporating gecko-inspired mechanical adhesives into the gripper allows for added capability for interacting with a variety of surfaces. Mechanical adhesives are reusable and are not subject to cure times like many traditional adhesives. The micro-structures in these mechanical adhesives mimic gecko toes and work on the principle of draped-adhesion, taking advantage of being able to distribute loads more evenly across a surface. Both manufactured and commercial-off-the-shelf mechanical adhesives were incorporated into the soft robotic gripper and their grip strengths were tested on smooth and porous complex and flat surfaces in air and underwater.

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Job Role:
Engineering/Technical,Research & Development,Student

Tags:
Ground,Maritime,Robotics



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