Recycling-oriented fabrication of soft robots

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Climate change is continuing, and more environmental awareness is required these days. In this context, plastics are a controversial topic. On top of this, a current plastics-based field of research is developing with great interest: soft robotics. Soft robots are generally made of elastomers, for which recycling is rather difficult. An implementation of recycling in soft robotics is still pending. This paper aims to show to what extent three typical materials used in soft robotics (Ecoflex 00-30, Elastosil M4601, and Sylgard 184) can be reintroduced in powder form into the manufacturing process after use and what mechanical properties such recyclates have.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 5th International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft 2022)
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Publication date04.04.2022
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-0829-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-0828-8
Publication statusPublished - 04.04.2022
Externally publishedYes
Event5th IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, RoboSoft 2022: design, development, and application of “green” soft robotic systems for the planet - Online & McEwen Hall in The University of Edinburgh’s central campus., Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 04.04.202208.04.2022
Conference number: 5

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    Research areas

  • Engineering - Grain size, powders, manufacturing processes, soft robotics, mechanical factors, recycling, rubber, climate change