|Project Summary||Project Information|
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An expandable starfish robot is an underwater gripping device attached to a container unit. The soft-body gripping mechanism is to utilize either pneumatic or hydraulic force to actuate the expansion and retraction of the robot, mimicking the function of a starfish to achieve a grasp on an object. This project will build upon the background of multiple projects focused on developing robotic hands that mimic the human hand as well as robots that mimic a fish swimming.
The goals of this project are to develop an efficient, reliably controlled gripper device, capable of effectively deploying and successfully capturing a range of target objects. The expected end result is a functional robotic gripper prototype, successfully tested under various trial circumstances and ultimately marketable to the targeted consumer companies. The resulting design and functional device need to effectively perform in submerged environments, utilizing surrounding fluids.
|Matthew Landolfa||Mechanical Engineer||Mechanical Design Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Giordan Meyer||Mechanical Engineer||Hydraulics/Pneumatics Leademail@example.com|
|Duy Tran||Electrical Engineer||Circuit Design Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Derek Cloos||Electrical Engineer||Programming Leademail@example.com|
|Jonathan Greeley||Mechanical Engineer||Project Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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AcknowledgementsSpecial thanks to Boeing for sponsoring this project, as well as Hitec and Integra Enclosures for donating crucial components to the project. The team is very grateful for your contributions.
Also, thanks to Mr. Rob Kraynik, the staff of the RIT ME Machine Shop, and Mr. Mike Buffalin for your help with fabrication.