3D Printing Demo: Printing a Mold for a Soft Robot Gripper

This video shows an example use of 3D printing–using a 3D printer to make a plastic mold for a soft robot gripper. The printer feeds a spool of ABS plastic filament into a heated nozzle. This melts the plastic, and it is extruded through a narrow hole at the tip of the nozzle onto a build platform. When it comes in contact with the platform, the plastic quickly cools and solidifies. The nozzle continually extrudes material in new layers to gradually build up a three-dimensional part. The entire printing process took about 3.5 hours, but the video is sped up so you can see the whole thing in just a couple minutes.

To view full directions for this science project, see the “Squishy Robots: Build an Air-Powered Soft Robotic Gripper” Project Idea at Science Buddies: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Robotics_p020.shtml?from=YouTube

Science Buddies also hosts a library of over 1,100 other free science fair “Project Ideas” for K-12 students, in a wide variety of topic areas from Astronomy to Zoology! Visit us at http://www.sciencebuddies.org?from=YouTube to see more Project Ideas for hands-on science and engineering.

Post time: 01-11-2017