The February 2023 issue includes the following articles: Cobot assists plastic finishers with quality inspection Like many companies that turn to automation, FMO Surface had difficulty attracting human employees for monotonous yet demanding tasks. 5 robotics predictions for 2023 2023 will be the year of turnkey robotics solutions. Teaching simple grippers new tricks Using its…
Soft Robotics mGripAI uses simulation to train in NVIDIA Isaac Sim
Soft Robotics applies NVIDIA Isaac Sim’s synthetic data to food processing automation in efforts to improve safety and increase production.
Soft Robotics picks up $26M
Soft Robotics brought in $26 million in the first closing of its Series C funding round to expand commercial deployment of its mGripAI.
Soft Robotics to bring its mGripAI to new industries
Soft Robotics plans to make its mGripAI solution available for order fulfillment, sortation, decanting and kitting.
Soft Robotics adds JMP Solutions to integrator program
Soft Robotics has added JMP Solutions to its Preferred System Integrator program. This partnership will help expand robotic adoption in the food sector enabled by Soft Robotics food-grade soft gripping, 3D vision, and AI technologies. Soft Robotics Preferred System Integrator Program is an initiative to help integrators win more business with its industry-leading technologies, including…
Soft Robotics raises Series B funding with participation from FANUC
Robotic manipulation innovator Soft Robotics has raised $23 million in an “oversubscribed” Series B round, with participation from FANUC.
mGrip from Soft Robotics now available through FANUC channels
Soft Robotics has announced that its new mGrip soft robotic grippers will be available worldwide through FANUC’s distribution network. They will also be integrated with FANUC’s products.
Soft Robotics’ new coDrive enables untethered pneumatic cobot manipulation
Soft Robotics has made its pneumatic grippers portable with the new coDrive technology, enabling a range of collaborative robotics applications.
CMU develops self-healing material for soft robotics
Advances in the fields of soft robotics, wearable technologies, and human/machine interfaces require a new class of stretchable materials that can change shape adaptively while relying only on portable electronics for power. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed such a material that exhibits a unique combination of high electrical and thermal conductivity with actuation…
Immune response to implants mitigated in soft robotics breakthrough
A international team of researchers said their discovery could enable devices such as pacemakers, breast implants, biosensors, and drug-delivery devices to last longer and function better.
Soft computers offer greater autonomy to soft robotics
Researchers at the University of Bristol have demonstrated soft computers that could enable soft robotics to more effectively mimic biological behaviors.
Researchers develop self-healing soft robotics that ‘feel pain’
Researchers from the University of Cambridge will use self-healing materials and machine learning to develop soft robotics as part of a new collaborative project. The goal of the €3 million Self-healing soft robot (SHERO) project, funded by the European Commission, is to create a next-generation robot made from self-healing materials (flexible plastics) that can detect…
Programmable soft actuators show potential of soft robotics at TU Delft
Researchers at TU Delft have developed soft actuators that could help soft robots collaborate with humans.
Soft Robotics adds Mini Finger to mGrip system for picking in tight spaces
Soft Robotics describes its new Mini Finger, which is designed to enable soft robot grippers to get into tighter spaces than ever before. It is part of the company’s modular mGrip system.
mGrip modular gripper is Soft Robotics’ response to user needs
Last week, Soft Robotics Inc. released its mGrip modular grasping system. The Bedford, Mass.-based company said its “on-demand” system will help soft robotics proliferate and allow users “to build, validate, and install production-ready systems in minutes.” Soft Robotics designs and sells soft manipulators using patented technology based on research by Prof. George M. Whitesides at…
Soft Robotics Gripper Helps Micron Products Cut Costs, Maintain Quality
Micron Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron Solutions Inc., is a contract manufacturer in Fitchburg, Mass. that specializes in precision machining, thermoplastic injection molding, mold making and more. To reduce costs and improve quality, Micron wanted to automate the pick and place process of the delicate plastic clips it produces for a car seat…
Soft Robotics raises $20M to strengthen grip in e-commerce
Cambridge, Mass.-based Soft Robotics, maker of soft robotic grippers that conform to and pick up a variety of objects, raised $20 million in an oversubscribed funding round. Soft Robotics raised a $5 million Series A in December 2015, bringing its total funding to date to more than $25 million. Soft Robotics CEO Carl Vause tells The…
3D Printing Soft Robotics with Embedded Sensors
One of the major challenges in the robotics industry is creating robots that are inspired by nature. This is no easy task, of course, and many of the major challenges associate with creating bio-inspired robots haven’t changed in years. Materials that couple sensing, actuation, computation, and communication must be developed before bio-inspired robots take off. And…
Synthetic muscle step forward for soft robotics
A research team from Columbia Engineering’s Creative Machines lab developed a synthetic muscle that has a strain density 15 times larger than natural muscle and can lift 1,000 times its own weight that could propel soft robotics creation forward. According to the study “Soft Material for Soft Actuators” published in Nature Communications, the material solves…