3D printed fluidic sensors

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As defined by Robert Shepherd, associate professor at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University,“The use of additive manufacturing for directly building robots is attractive. It allows for the complexity I believe is required for generally adaptive systems. By using the same 3D printing process to build the form, mechanism, and sensing arrays, their process will significantly contribute to researchers aiming to build complex robots simply.”

New programmable materials can sense their own movements.