Fabricademy 2017

Soft Robotics

Global Instructor

Lily Chambers

Program Outline

This class will focus in the study of a specific field in robotics, the soft robotics. Unlike rigid robots we are mostly used to, soft bodied robots have similarities and performance characteristics similar to living organisms or the human body. Soft-robotics are based in Bio-inspired design or biomimicry and have applications in wearables, rehabilitation prosthetics, surgical robots, rescuing and others. We will focus on the fabrication of soft actuators, sensors and grippers using novel materials, artificial muscles and performative locomotion design.


  • Biomimicry
  • Locomotion
  • Pneumatics
  • Flexures
  • Molding and casting


  • Level BASIC: Pneumatic wrist brace
  • Level Intermediate: Soft Gripper
  • Level Advanced : Pneumatic, digitally controlled system

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