Consistent Manufacturing Device for Coiled Polymer Actuators

@article{Horton2018ConsistentMD,
  title={Consistent Manufacturing Device for Coiled Polymer Actuators},
  author={Sarah Horton and Patrick Dumond},
  journal={2018 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)},
  year={2018},
  pages={1849-1852}
}
Coiled polymer actuators are fabricated by heating a twisted nylon fishing filament. This paper provides a detailed review of their manufacturing process and proposes a method to manufacture these actuators consistently to improve the predictability of their behavior. Two devices are presented: a device that prepares consistent filament sections, and another that twists and coils the filament. Seven successful actuators are produced using the proposed method. The behavior of the manufactured… CONTINUE READING

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