Article dans Nature ‘Bubble casting soft robotics’

Soft robots have garnered significant attention in recent years, thanks to their ability to carry out a range of complex tasks such as gripping, crawling or swimming. Joel Marthelot at IUSTI and PT Brun’s team at Princeton University present a new all-in-one methodology for building and programming soft machines. Liquid elastomer is first injected into a mould followed by air. This forms an elongated bubble that rises by gravity and sculpts the internal void of the actuator. By varying the template and flow process, various complex architectures are possible, such as artificial muscles and grippers. The study is featured on the cover of the journal Nature.