Evolution of 3D printed soft actuators

Zolfagharian, Ali, Kouzani, Abbas Z., Khoo, Sui Yang, Moghadam, Amir Ali Amiri, Gibson, Ian and Kaynak, Akif 2016, Evolution of 3D printed soft actuators, Sensors and actuators A: physical, vol. 250, pp. 258-272, doi: 10.1016/j.sna.2016.09.028.

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Title Evolution of 3D printed soft actuators
Author(s) Zolfagharian, Ali
Kouzani, Abbas Z.ORCID iD for Kouzani, Abbas Z. orcid.org/0000-0002-6292-1214
Khoo, Sui Yang
Moghadam, Amir Ali Amiri
Gibson, IanORCID iD for Gibson, Ian orcid.org/0000-0002-4149-9122
Kaynak, AkifORCID iD for Kaynak, Akif orcid.org/0000-0002-6679-657X
Journal name Sensors and actuators A: physical
Volume number 250
Start page 258
End page 272
Total pages 15
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-10-15
ISSN 0924-4247
Keyword(s) 3D printing
soft actuator
soft robot
rapid prototyping
Summary Developing soft actuators and sensors by means of 3D printing has become an exciting research area. Compared to conventional methods, 3D printing enables rapid prototyping, custom design, and single-step fabrication of actuators and sensors that have complex structure and high resolution. While 3D printed sensors have been widely reviewed in the literature, 3D printed actuators, on the other hand, have not been adequately reviewed thus far. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the existing 3D printed actuators. First, the common processes used in 3D printing of actuators are reviewed. Next, the existing mechanisms used for stimulating the printed actuators are described. In addition, the materials used to print the actuators are compared. Then, the applications of the printed actuators including soft-manipulation of tissues and organs in biomedicine and fragile agricultural products, regenerative design, smart valves, microfluidic systems, electromechanical switches, smart textiles, and minimally invasive surgical instruments are explained. After that, the reviewed 3D printed actuators are discussed in terms of their advantages and disadvantages considering power density, elasticity, strain, stress, operation voltage, weight, size, response time, controllability, and biocompatibility. Finally, the future directions of 3D printed actuators are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.sna.2016.09.028
Field of Research 0906 Electrical And Electronic Engineering
0912 Materials Engineering
0913 Mechanical Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
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