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Sunday, July 17, 2022

A Helping Hand for Robotic Manipulator Design

 A Helping Hand for Robotic Manipulator Design

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created an integrated design pipeline that enables a user with no specialized knowledge to quickly craft a customized 3D-printable robotic hand. 

MIT News

Adam Zewe, May 25, 2022

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and technology company TenCent America have established an interactive design pipeline for engineering a customized robotic hand, without requiring manual construction or specialized knowledge. Designers used the interface to assemble a robotic manipulator from modular manufacturable components. Upon the design's completion, the software generates three-dimensional printing and machine-knitting files for fabricating the device. A knitted glove integrated with tactile sensors fits over the robotic hand, allowing it to execute complex tasks. "One of the most exciting things about this pipeline is that it makes design accessible to a general audience," explained MIT's Lara Zlokapa. "Rather than spending months or years working on a design, and putting a lot of money into prototypes, you can have a working prototype in minutes."  ... ' 

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