Design of paper mechatronics: Towards a fully printed robot

Hiroki Shigemune, Shingo Maeda, Yusuke Hara, Shuji Hashimoto

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    Abstract

    Recently, there has been strong interest in printed robots and paper electronics. Printing is an adequate manufacturing method for the mass production; robots manufactured by printing can be low cost, rapidly creatable and easy to design. Paper is one of smart materials with high water absorbency and strength; it is easily mass-produced at low cost. Many inexpensive and flexible devices were created in paper electronics. Therefore, we propose paper mechatronics that merges printed robots and paper electronics. We used a commercial ink jet printer with water-based ink for self-folding of paper; the paper was folded automatically along the printed line to make the robot body. The paper robot was equipped with a printed electrothermal actuator that consists of epoxy resin covered by conductive ink. The epoxy resin was heated by Joule heat of the conductive ink under a driving voltage of 8 V. The self-folding of experimental paper robot took 15 minutes to construct the body and the robot demonstrated a locomotion at 6.5 mm per step.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages536-541
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9781479969340
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 31
    Event2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2014 - Chicago
    Duration: 2014 Sep 142014 Sep 18

    Other

    Other2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2014
    CityChicago
    Period14/9/1414/9/18

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Software
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Computer Science Applications

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