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Extending the abilities of soft wearables and healthcare robots by exploring the symbiosis of robotics and additive manufacturing

The Soft Robotics Lab at the University of Twente combines advanced manufacturing techniques with the intelligence of robotic systems. We use these sophisticated fabrication tools to unpack the potential of soft sensors, actuators and stiffness tunable structures for human focused applications.

Our research is inspired by the multi-functionality of composite structures in biological organisms. Through synergistic use of robotics and manufacturing techniques like assembly integrated additive manufacturing (AIAM), fiber-reinforced additive manufacturing (FRAM) and smart textile technologies, we believe we can embed more functionality into soft robots.

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