3D printed hydrogel soft actuators

Ali Zolfagharian, Abbas Z. Kouzani, Sui Yang Khoo, Ian Gibson, Akif Kaynak

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    Fabricating responsive hydrogels via additive manufacturing is a growing research area. Hydrogel actuators generate mechanical motion due to external stimulus in a controlled manner. This paper presents an investigation on the current 3D printed hydrogel actuators including their fabrication process, and their applications spanning from soft robots to medical devices. A discussion of the reviewed 3D printed hydrogel soft actuators is given focusing on external stimulus and control. The finding of this study is that the integration of the 3D printing technology and hydrogel materials enables new possibilities in the production of customized soft actuators for a range of real-wold applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 IEEE Region 10 Conference, TENCON 2016
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2597-8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-2598-5
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2017
    EventIEEE TENCON 2016 — Technologies for Smart Nation - Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Singapore
    Duration: 22 Nov 201625 Nov 2016


    ConferenceIEEE TENCON 2016 — Technologies for Smart Nation
    Abbreviated titleTENCON 2016
    Internet address


    • 3D printer
    • actuator
    • hydrogel
    • rapid prototyping

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