Flexonics [chapter]

John Canny, Jeremy Risner, Vivek Subramanian
2004 Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics  
We introduce a new approach to design and fabrication of mechatronic systems called flexonics. Flexonics integrates structural, mechanical and electronic elements based on 3D printing techniques, in particular inkjet printing. This paper outlines some principles for flexonic design, which is based on flexion rather than sliding or rolling motion as in traditional mechanics. It describes our preliminary explorations of materials and processes. And it describes a kinematic approach to joint
more » ... that has so far led to one promising new design. Finally, we give a brief prospectus of future applications of flexonics.
doi:10.1007/978-3-540-45058-0_13 fatcat:psphihgis5gyhbzjoaxnwcq7eu