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Published on Mar 11, 2010
This video demonstrates a high power micromechanical thruster fabricated in the silicon-PDMS MEMS process. Energy has been stored in a micro rubber band by pulling back on the thrusting leg and stretching the piece of rubber. This energy is then released and the thruster is shown kicking a 2mg 0603-sized surface-mount resistor in slow motion. Our goal is to use a similar feature as a leg on a jumping microrobot. This video was filmed at 600FPS.