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soft robotic muscles


Fabrication research projects of soft robotics applications

in underwater propulsion and surgical robotics.

underwater robotics - tail propulsion

The aim of this project was to research novel ways to propel underwater robots

During the summer of 2013, I worked in the Olin Intelligent Vehicles Lab as a Research Engineer on the robotic tuna project. My role was to develop soft actuators (bladders) to oscillate the tail. Fabricating the bladders required complex multi-part molds and casting protocols. See a sped up clip of tail oscillation. 

[ fabrication ]

[ testing ]

surgical robotics - soft endoscope

Sponsored by industry partners in surgical robotics, the aim of this project was to develop inflatables to travel through a channel mimicking the gastrointestinal tract.

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