Our latest captioned movie shows how researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed 3D-printable synthetic soft muscles for robots that are three times stronger than human muscle.
The self-contained mechanisms mimic the movement of human muscles, without the need for bulky external compressors or pressure-regulating equipment.
The muscles are 3D-printed using a combination of silicone and ethanol, the latter of which forms small bubbles of alcohol within the gel. The bubbles vaporise when a low-voltage electric current is passed through the material, which causes the soft silicone to expand and move significantly.
Read more on Dezeen: https://www.dezeen.com/?p=1369079
WATCH NEXT: Open-source design can democratise healthcare, says Sabine Wildevuur – https://youtu.be/qWClHSFhuGM
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest architecture and design movies: http://bit.ly/1tcULvh
Like Dezeen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dezeen/
Follow Dezeen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dezeen/
Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dezeen/
Check out our Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/dezeen/