Soft gripper on 3D objects

Researchers report a soft robotic gripper that controls normal load distribution on 3D surfaces by exploiting the influence of internal pressure on interfacial load sharing; the gripper displays enhanced and robust adhesion on 3D and deformable surfaces of various sizes, while simultaneously maintaining high fracture strength, suggesting that the proposed soft gripping system may outperform conventional adhesive systems for a broad range of surface shapes. - Read at PNAS

Article #16-20344: “Controllable load sharing for soft adhesive interfaces on three-dimensional surfaces,” by Sukho Song, Dirk-Michael Drotlef, Carmel Majidi, and Metin Sitti.