How to Make Twisted and Coiled Polymer (TCP) Muscles – Silver Coated Nylon (TCP_Ag)




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Published on Aug 9, 2018

In this video, you will see the manufacturing process of silver coated twisted and coiled polymer muscles ( TCP ). The video explains in detail the fabrication, annealing, and training process of the 2 ply silver coated TCP muscle used for the humanoid head facial actuation.
For more details, please read section 2.1 and 2.2 in the following reference paper below.

Almubarak, Yara, Nicole Xiu Maly, and Yonas Tadesse. "Fully embedded actuators in elastomeric skin for use in humanoid robots." In Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XX, vol. 10594, p. 1059416. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2018.


Other related references are
1. Saharan, Lokesh, and Yonas Tadesse. "Robotic hand with locking mechanism using TCP muscles for applications in prosthetic hand and humanoids." In Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2016, vol. 9797, p. 97970V. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2016.
2. Wu, Lianjun, Monica Jung de Andrade, Lokesh Kumar Saharan, Richard Steven Rome, Ray H. Baughman, and Yonas Tadesse. "Compact and low-cost humanoid hand powered by nylon artificial muscles." Bioinspiration & biomimetics 12, no. 2 (2017): 026004.
3. Haines, Carter S., Márcio D. Lima, Na Li, Geoffrey M. Spinks, Javad Foroughi, John DW Madden, Shi Hyeong Kim et al. "Artificial muscles from fishing line and sewing thread." science 343, no. 6173 (2014): 868-872.


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