P17027: Starfish Gripper

Imagine RIT

Project Information

This project is part of a collaboration between Rochester Institute of Technology and Boeing in an effort to research and develop underwater robotics technologies. The goal was to design and build an underwater soft robotics gripping device as a proof of concept that could be used to handle fragile samples or a wider range of geometries than traditional grasping devices. An underwater soft robotics gripper was designed and built using hydraulically controlled soft bending actuators for the gripping device, and a servo motor driven scissor mechanism to extend and retract the gripping device. In testing, the device is able to successfully grasp objects and proves that soft robotics are viable for use in underwater applications.

Project Poster

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