About the Project
This specific project will focus on the possibilities for novel digitally-driven fabrication processes to enable new forms of locomotion and robotic functionality to be realised in soft continuum robots. This will include the investigation of fabrication processes that allow a greater range of elastomeric and magnetic materials to be explored and alternative compositional designs to be created. This research will conducted with unique manufacturing processes that comprise electro-mechanical apparatus that operate under computer-control.
It is expected this project will make contributions to the design and engineering of new process capability with specialised areas of study that may include (but not exclusive to): Machine design and engineering, materials engineering for manufacturing processes, computer-aided-manufacture, 3D/4D printing methods for miniature soft robotics, associated studies of component design and process control/analysis.
It will be conducted within the Future Manufacturing Processes Research Group at the University of Leeds. The group is well equipped with new laboratories, and dedicated administrative and technical support. The group have been recognised, by extensive external peer review, to be World Leading.
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