Soft Robotics: HW #4 Exploring Inflatables

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For this week’s assignment I was really inspired by Kari’s presentation in class on inflatables, specifically by the Aeromorphs explorations from MIT. I tracked down the aeroMorph paper MIT  “aeroMorph – Heat-sealing Shape-change materials for interaction design”. And was inspired by their exploration of hinges and also using both dashed line seals and also sealing/ “creasing” from opposite sides.

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I played with a couple hinge explorations inspired by theirs in figure 5, where the width/heigh aspect ration of a diamond hinge affects the angle the inflatable bends. will make sure to post those pictures soon.

 

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I then was really inspired by these self folding shapes in figure 17.  although would be better explored as a laser cutting exploration to help control the specific cuts ❤ Although my experiments didn’t yield the motion I was hoping for, I was inspired by the circular shape and decided to make 2 variations of it – more of a chain of the circles, with one pictured in the video above.

 

 

 

I also found the Stripe Loop Morphing to be just so cool! Using a double airbag stripe.

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