15 Aug

This past week I have finalized the designs for my robotic hand and arm and am able to use the now consistent fabrication process to output a length I want based on the precursor length and annealed length with the following equation: (0.26)x = annealed/expanded lengthFor example, if you want an...

08 Aug

This past week we completed the coding for our paper robotic hand. We used the esp8266 microchip with Arduino to manually control turning the voltage (3.3 V) on and off through a web page. This will allow the SCP actuators to expand and contract when the voltage is off and on respectively. In turn,...

22 Jul

This week I made an Excel spreadsheet containing information about the experimental information on the SCP actuators we make in the lab. In the same spreadsheet I made separate sheets with the data on the SCP actuators for different journal articles that also use the 117/17 model silver coated nylon...

17 Jul

I have finished making the LED blink manually by opening other tabs/windows in my internet browser. With Wenzhong I tried making SCP actuators. The first two times the thread snapped due to too much weight, but the third time at 50g of dead weight the thread remained intact. We still have not bee...

11 Jul

Week 1: [x] Create a schedule & goals with time frames. [x] Get the LED to blink. Week 2: [x] Establish project idea by Thursday. [x] Start & Finish Pre-lab. (

11 Jul

We were able to make the LED to blink using esp8266 / Arduino We are currently learning Python through Code Academy We wrote our project proposals, but they are still in their early stages (living document) We read over and are reviewing Pooja’s Pre-lab on the fabrication process of SCP actu...

28 Jun

Robot made of paper and supercoiled polymer actuators (SCP). Get the robot to move somehow (walking, rolling, etc.). Use a motor control or phone to control the robot. Program the arms to move to positions 1,2,3 and be able to grab onto different objects (e.g. metal can, glass bottle, paper ball). Read more articles & journals, searching for key words I want to focus on. Delve more into taking weight into consideration & how heavy a load the paper robot can withstand. Investigate ways of folding the paper & what shapes would give it the most strength, durability, & efficiency. Technology for a robot or other such device to recognize trash, recyclebles, & compost does not yet exist, but we can build & design & research for that idea.

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