Soft skills: Researchers invent robotic droplet manipulators for hazardous liquid cleanup

Credit: Colorado State University

CSU researchers have created the first successful soft robotic gripper capable of manipulating individual droplets of liquid, according to a recent article in the journal Materials Horizons.

The breakthrough is the product of a collaboration between two different laboratories in CSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. It was accomplished by combining two applied technologies, soft robotics and super-omniphobic coatings.
The soft robotic manipulator is made of inexpensive materials like nylon fibers and adhesive tape. It’s powered by an electrically activated artificial muscle. The combination can be used to produce lightweight, inexpensive grippers capable of delicate work, yet 100 …

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