31 Oct 2014 mwaibel   » (Master)

Robots: Nylon Fishing Line Actuator

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Geoffrey Spink from Wollogong University about his team's work on artificial muscles. Professor Spink's Australian led team are able to produce artificial muscles from nylon fishing line that can contract by about 50% of their original length, can generate forces that are over 100 times larger than our own muscle, and produce a mechanical power output of over five kilowatts per kilogram - similar to a jet engine. He tells us that “the advantage of using something as simple as fishing line or sewing thread is that they're really cheap and they're readily available... The tools we need to make the fishing line muscles are fishing line, a hair dryer, and an electric drill.”

Syndicated 2014-10-31 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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