Soft Robotic Gripper Using Auxetic Structures
- Soft robotic gripper for holding surfaces with multiple curvatures and/or fragile objects.
- Auxetic structure with negative Poisson's ratio.
- Synclastic curvature transverse to long axis.
- Proof of concept stage attained.
- Derivative and new variant technologies are currently under development.
Applications and Advantages
- Auxetic structure has negative Poisson's ratio, conforms to broader variety of shapes.
- Capable of gripping compound curvatures, conforming with gripped surface.
- Strongly grips fragile yet heavy objects by distributing force over a wide surface area.
- Entire surface of gripper is used to grasp object, not just the tips.
- Variable grasp orientation through differential curvature. Can be augmented with feedback sensors and other devices.
- Usable in fruit picking, fine manufacturing, remote manipulation, etc.
Utility patent applications pending in the US (US 20210016452) and Canada (CA 3082180)
Michael Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 519-824-4120 x53808