Elastomeric “Soft” Robots Running on Pneumatic Actuators

elastomeric-robots-soft

These new prototype robots, which were molded from paper and silicone rubber, can twist, bend, grip, and lift more than 100 times their own weight. The more astonishing fact is that they run on pneumatic actuators, which means that they basically run on air.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Self-Healing Polymer Mechanism Rediscovered After 60 Years

self-healing-polymer

There’s been a lot more research into self-healing organic polymers, but it’s only recently that a self-healing mechanism from more than 60 years ago was rediscovered. The process, which is called siloxane equilibration, allows silicone rubber that’s been cut in half to completely repair itself through heat-activated reversible bonding.

Read more @ SciTechDaily