Effects of topology optimization in multimaterial 3D bioprinting of soft actuators

Zolfagharian, A., Denk, M., Kouzani, A.Z., Bodaghi, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0707-944X, Nahavandi, S. and Kaynak, A., 2020. Effects of topology optimization in multimaterial 3D bioprinting of soft actuators. International Journal of Bioprinting, 6 (2): 260, pp. 50-60. ISSN 2424-7723

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Recently, there has been a proliferation of soft robots and actuators that exhibit improved capabilities and adaptability through three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting. Flexibility and shape recovery attributes of stimuli-responsive polymers as the main components in the production of these dynamic structures enable soft manipulations in fragile environments, with potential applications in biomedical and food sectors. Topology optimization (TO), when used in conjunction with 3D bioprinting with optimal design features, offers new capabilities for efficient performance in compliant mechanisms. In this paper, multimaterial TO analysis is used to improve and control the bending performance of a bioprinted soft actuator with electrolytic stimulation. The multimaterial actuator performance is evaluated by the amplitude and rate of bending motion and compared with the single material printed actuator. The results demonstrated the efficacy of multimaterial 3D bioprinting optimization for the rate of actuation and bending.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Bioprinting
Creators: Zolfagharian, A., Denk, M., Kouzani, A.Z., Bodaghi, M., Nahavandi, S. and Kaynak, A.
Publisher: Whioce Publishing Pte Ltd
Date: 2020
Volume: 6
Number: 2
ISSN: 2424-7723
Rights: Copyright (c) 2020 Ali Zolfagharian, Martin Denk, Abbas Z. Kouzani, Bodaghi Bodaghi, Saeid Nahavandi, Akif Kaynak. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), permitting all non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Apr 2020 08:26
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 13:07
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39643

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