Design of low cost biomimetic flexible robots using additive manufacturing techniques
Author(s)Jeunehomme, Eric J. S.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Alexandra H. Techet.
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In this thesis, I designed and fabricated robots leveraging additive manufacturing. This had two overarching purpose. One to make a testing apparatus that would allow the measurements of the influence of a flexible flapping foil onto a subsequent, in-line, foil with the optic of researching optimized propulsion solutions for under water vehicles. The second was to show that filament deposition modeling has advanced enough to produce bio-mimetic flexible robots of academic relevance that would allow, for a low price, the making of a number of experimental setup with specific measurements in mind. In order to reach those goals, two versions of a bio-mimetic archer fish of the genus Toxotes were modeled using various software. The models were modified to accept actuator assemblies and interface to the electronics and built using a modified hobby grade 3D printer.
Thesis: S.M. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-112).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology