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3D printed smart tentacle.

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Uploaded on Jan 12, 2012

3D Printed Smart Tentacle.
Created by Peter Walters and David McGoran.

This soft, tentacle-like structure is actuated by shape memory alloy artificial muscles. The tentacle structure is fabricated by 3D printing in soft elastomer material including internal channels which accommodate the artificial muscles. The active length of the tentacle is 55 mm.

Walters, Peter and McGoran, David. Digital Fabrication of "Smart" Structures and Mechanisms—Creative Applications in Art and Design. IS&T Digital Fabrication 2011, Minneapolis, MN. October 2011.

Copyright (2012 )Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

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