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Plastic Muscles Get Stronger

Posted 9 Mar 2004 at 00:48 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

Wired has an article talking about how electroactive polymers (EAPs) have gotten stronger and longer lasting. EAPs have gotten strong enough to have a practical self contained robot (NiTi never has gotten this strong). These muscles rival motors in that they're very quiet and very strong and now long lasting enough to use as fans in computers. EAPs can expand to 5 times their size, a feat unproducible by piezoelectric materials. Of course these new EAPs have the Navy's attention. Look for plastic muscles in your robot's future!?

Older Robots.net article...


Link Garbled?, posted 9 Mar 2004 at 00:52 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

I don't know what happened to the link for the other robots.net article, but hopefully this one is the correct link.

Environmental Robots, posted 9 Mar 2004 at 01:25 UTC by aplumb » (Journeyer)

If you're interested in getting some samples to try them out for yourself, check out Environmental Robots.

I ordered one of the sample packs to see what these things can do. I should be getting them some time this week!

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