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Soft Robotics Toolkit Open Source Resources at www.softroboticstoolkit.com

The Soft Robotics Toolkit grew out of research conducted at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin which focused on developing better instructional kits for hands-on design courses. The toolkit was initially developed in the Harvard Biodesign Lab through a user-centered design approach to understanding the needs of student designers in ES227 Medical Device Design, a project-based mechanical design course in which teams of undergraduate and graduate students work with clinicians to develop novel medical devices. A soft robotics focus was added to the course in order to connect student projects with the cutting-edge robotics research being conducted at Harvard, exposing the students to the latest research findings and giving them the chance to participate in advanced technology development.

This change to the course was piloted in 2013, with the addition of instructional labs on soft actuator fabrication and an early prototype of a fluidic control board. However, it soon became clear that the student teams needed more detailed information to support the development of their soft robotic devices. The teaching team took note of the information the students were seeking out and decided to create a more comprehensive resource that future students could use to learn how to design, fabricate, model, and test their own soft robotic devices. Thus, the Soft Robotics Toolkit was born.

 

Toolkit Development Team – Soft Robotics Toolkit Open Source Design

Dónal Holland

Lecturer in Engineering Design

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Evelyn J. Park

Fellow in Material Science and Mechanical Engineering

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Panagiotis Polygerinos

Technology Development Fellow

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Conor J. Walsh

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Max Herman

Research Intern

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

 

The Soft Robotics Toolkit hopes to continue to improve and expand the toolkit with the help of other soft robotics researchers worldwide. The goal is for the Soft Robotics Toolkit be a useful shared resource that can help advance the field. Please visit the site to support the toolkit, send feedback, or contribute work.(1)

It is possible to buy all or any of the components within the Paradox Robotics Fluidic Control Board Kit of Parts from each individual vendor. The Bill of Materials, and links to each vendor, can be found at http://softroboticstoolkit.com/book/control-board.

 

Soft Robotics Toolkit Open Source Resources www.softroboticstoolkit.com

Paradox Robotics and its parent company Stone Brook Robotics, LLC, are not affiliated in any way with the Soft Robotics Toolkit, www.softroboticstoolkit.com or with Harvard University or Trinity College Dublin.

 

(1) www.softroboticstoolkit.com