Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Designing with a Reprap machine in the loop
In which your narrator celebrates a return to craftsmanship made possible with the addition of a Reprap printer into the design process.
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have you tried moving the fingers with SMA-actuators?
A NiTi-wire can contract reversible around 5%-8% of its length and two counteracting wires can achieve until 1s per full move (the limit is the cooling of the then passive wire).
So an arrangement of 2x5 NiTi-actuators in the 'arm' with an appropriate switchable water-cooling could drive really small/lightweight fingers with much higer force and dynamic than geared motors ...
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