Development of pneumatic rubber actuator of 400μm in diameter generating bi-directional bending motion

R. Yoshioka, S. Wakimoto, K. Suzumori, Y. Ishikawa

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Abstract

Recently micro soft actuators have been developed actively, because they have possibility to be applied to micro hands, catheters, and so on. Especially pneumatic rubber actuators have high potential because of simple structure and non-electrical drive leading high safety. In our previous research, the pneumatic rubber actuator that can bend into two directions by positive and negative pneumatic pressures have been developed. This paper reports miniaturization of the bending rubber actuator. The actuator is downsized from 2.0mm to 400μm in diameter. By nonlinear FEM, the actuator design is optimized, then by molding method, the actuator is fabricated. Using developed actuator of 400μm in diameter, experimentally the bi-directional bending motion by positive and negative pneumatic pressures have been confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, IEEE ROBIO 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479973965
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 20 2014
Event2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, IEEE ROBIO 2014 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: Dec 5 2014Dec 10 2014

Publication series

Name2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, IEEE ROBIO 2014

Other

Other2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, IEEE ROBIO 2014
CountryIndonesia
CityBali
Period12/5/1412/10/14

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Yoshioka, R., Wakimoto, S., Suzumori, K., & Ishikawa, Y. (2014). Development of pneumatic rubber actuator of 400μm in diameter generating bi-directional bending motion. In 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, IEEE ROBIO 2014 (pp. 1-6). [7090298] (2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, IEEE ROBIO 2014). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2014.7090298