This soft robotic gripper can screw in your light bulbs for you

The engineering team, led by Michael T. Tolley, a roboticist at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, presented the gripper at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (or IROS) Sept. 24 to 28 in Vancouver, Canada. This soft robotic gripper can change your light bulbs for you How many robots … Continue reading “This soft robotic gripper can screw in your light bulbs for you”

HRL Engineers 3-D print high-strength aluminum, solve ages-old welding problem using nanoparticles

HRL Laboratories has made a breakthrough in metallurgy with the announcement that researchers at the famous facility have developed a technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum alloys—including types Al7075 and Al6061—that opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant alloys. These alloys are very desirable for aircraft and automobile parts and have been among … Continue reading “HRL Engineers 3-D print high-strength aluminum, solve ages-old welding problem using nanoparticles”

MIT’s New Polymer Discovery enables 3-D printed Self-folding Electronics

MIT researchers have designed 3-D printed structures that can fold themselves up without any outside stimulus, and the folding begins the instant it is peeled off the printing platform. As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when … Continue reading “MIT’s New Polymer Discovery enables 3-D printed Self-folding Electronics”

MIT study reveals a new way to enhance or reduce the adhesion of freezing droplets.

When freezing droplets impact a surface, they generally either stick to it or bounce away. Controlling this response is crucial to many applications, including 3-D printing, the spraying of some surface coatings, and the prevention of ice formation on structures such as airplane wings, wind turbines, or power lines. Now, MIT researchers have found a … Continue reading “MIT study reveals a new way to enhance or reduce the adhesion of freezing droplets.”

Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3-D printing

New method combines precision printing of stretchable conductive inks with pick-and-place of electronic components to make flexible, wearable sensors Human skin must flex and stretch to accommodate the body’s every move. Anything worn tight on the body must also be able to flex around muscles and joints, which helps explain why synthetic fabrics like spandex … Continue reading “Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3-D printing”