3D printing has previously been employed to create passive mechanisms and machines, as well as the actuators used to make them go. According to a new paper, titled “
A Miniature 3D Printed On-Off Linear Pneumatic Actuator and Its Demonstration into a Cartoon Character of a Hopping Lamp ,” using 3D printing to create actuators can speed up design and development, save on time and money, and allow for greater customization. Christian L. Nall from the University of Texas at San Antonio and Pranav A. Bhounsule from the University of Illinois at Chicago wrote and published the paper, which presents their work creating and fabricating a small double-acting,
On-Off type linear pneumatic actuator with FDM 3D printing. “In this paper, we explore the use of 3D printing to create a pneumatic actuator and its utility on a legged robot,” the pair wrote. “The actuator has an overall length […]
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