3D/4D-printed bending-type soft pneumatic actuators: fabrication, modelling, and control

Zolfagharian, A., Mahmud, M.A.P., Gharaie, S., Bodaghi, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0707-944X, Kouzani, A.Z. and Kaynak, A., 2020. 3D/4D-printed bending-type soft pneumatic actuators: fabrication, modelling, and control. Virtual and Physical Prototyping. ISSN 1745-2759

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Abstract

This article reviews soft pneumatic actuators (SPAs) that are manufactured entirely via additive manufacturing methods. These actuators are known as four-dimensional (4D)-printed SPAs and can generate bending motions in response to either pressurised or vacuum (negative pressure) air stimulus after fabrication. They are characterised by geometrical and material factors that determine their motion trajectory, and the force they exert on manipulated soft objects in delicate applications such as food handling and non-invasive surgery. Here, we review various 3D printers and materials used for the fabrication of the pressurised air bending-type SPAs. The reported approaches for modelling and control of these actuators are presented and compared. General discussions, as well as future directions and challenges of these actuators, are given.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Virtual and Physical Prototyping
Creators: Zolfagharian, A., Mahmud, M.A.P., Gharaie, S., Bodaghi, M., Kouzani, A.Z. and Kaynak, A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 3 August 2020
ISSN: 1745-2759
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NumberType
10.1080/17452759.2020.1795209DOI
1350992Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Aug 2020 09:14
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 09:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40452

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