Cornell University

As part of the university's commitment to economic development and outreach, CTL hosts a variety of events to create connections between the Cornell campuses, industry members, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Seminar and Social Hour™
May 7, 2014 - 5:45pm - 7:15pm

CCTEC Office Suite, 395 Pine Tree Rd., Suite 310

Open to: Cornell students, staff and faculty.

Large Scale Production of Soft Robots

Attendees learned about the current capabilities of existing soft robots and new manufacturing routes for the reliable and large scale manufacturing of these machines, and the potential societal impact of these advancements.

In 2012, nearly 160,000 industrial robots were shipped worldwide, into a total market valued at ~$26 billion*. The vast majority of these robotic systems use fully actuated, rigid components that take little advantage of passive dynamics. Soft robotics is a field that is taking advantage of compliant actuators and passive dynamics to achieve several goals that include: reduced design, manufacturing and control complexity, improved energy efficiency, more sophisticated motions, and safe human machine interactions to name a few.
* World Robotics - Industrial Robots 2013, 2013, International Federation of Robotics.

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