Development of whisker inspired 3D multi-material printed flexible tactile sensors

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    In this paper a bio-inspired tactile whisker sensor made by 3D printing is discussed. Whisker inspired sensors were printed using flexible dielectric and conductive thermoplastic poly-urethane (TPU). The conductive TPU is used for strain-gauges facilitating resistive read-out. A single whisker sensor contains two strain-gauges allowing to determine both the force acting on the whisker as well as the contact point on the whisker. To the best of our knowledge this is the first work on 3D multimaterial printed, flexible, whisker inspired tactile sensors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE SENSORS 2017
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-1012-7
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2017
    Event16th IEEE Sensors 2017 - Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 29 Oct 20171 Nov 2017
    Conference number: 16


    Conference16th IEEE Sensors 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • 3d multimaterial printing
    • Elastomer
    • Fused Deposition Modeling
    • Tactile sensor
    • TPU
    • TST-Life like


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