Shape design of gel robots made of electroactive polymer gel

@inproceedings{Otake2001ShapeDO,
  title={Shape design of gel robots made of electroactive polymer gel},
  author={Mihoko Otake and Yoshiharu Kagami and Kohei Ishikawa and Masayuki Inaba and Hirochika Inoue},
  booktitle={SPIE Micro + Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications},
  year={2001}
}
  • M. Otake, Y. Kagami, H. Inoue
  • Published in
    SPIE Micro + Nano Materials…
    6 April 2001
  • Materials Science, Engineering
We propose a novel method to design the shape of small elastic robots made entirely of electroactive polymer (EAP) gel. The gel operates as actuators in microsystems and can facilitate bending motions. In this paper, we bring out directional deformation from originally bending type polymer driven by electric fields. The key idea is to partially reduce the structural flexibility through shape design. To achieve directional motion, we designed gels with wave-shaped surfaces. The thick parts and… 

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