08 Aug

This week we will be working on integrating the actuators with the printable robots. Thus far, we have an elementary design that shows the 10% contraction of the actuators. This actuator was made from a 20 cm precursor length and coiled under 200 RPM and a 100 gram load. The coiled length was 5 cm....

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,...

07 Aug

Last week I particapted the monthly research hackathon focusing on computational fabrication. We made a pop-up design of furniture module using Silhouette cutting machine. The design was inspired by pop up cards and was aimed to cut a single piece of board to form foldable furnitures such as tables...

31 Jul

This week the SCP actuator team succeeded in fabricating three actuators. For the first one, Pooja and Wenzhong decided to switch our precursor material from sewing thread to fishing line. With this transition, we were able to supercoil the precursor completely without it snapping; the subsequent an...

31 Jul

This week has been a tremendous success for the SCP Actuator team. We were finally able to successfully coil and anneal our actuators. Initially after completing the setup thoroughly and applying all of the conditions of the papers to the experimental setup, the 117/17 thread was still not coiling....

28 Jul

As most people know, engineers and researchers often needs to fabricate prototypes to test out their design. However, what most people don’t know is that there are many different manufacturing methods that one can take to get the product they desire. This blog post is a beginner’s guide for peo...

25 Jul

Since last week, I have started looking into ROS(The Robot Operating System) which is a framework designed for writing robot softwares. ROS is used across various robotic platform to create a collaborative robotic software environment. Take our project as an example, there already exists built packa...

25 Jul

This week on the SCP Actuator team we focused on creating a more suitable setup for the coil insertion process. Last week’s insertion process resulted in uneven coils; therefore, Wenzhong and I suspected that this was due to the fact that the thread was not held in the same plane as the rotation o...

25 Jul

Last week I studied Loco system, which is a posibile solution to estimate the absolute position of crazyflie. The system has two parts: a Loco deck add on crazyflie and 4 Loco anchors at ground. The system as whole works as a mini GPS system and calculate crazyflie's 3D position. For the simulator I...

25 Jul

This week, I used the current RoCo system to create some simple furniture design. Using add_subcomponent, add_connection, constrain_subcomponet_parameter and various different subcomponets shapes in the current RoCo library, I was able to design a table, a stool and a chair. I made the table design...