As part of the fabrication and nano materials theme of the Right Trousers project we will be using the Toucan 6-head ink jet printing system at the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing, based at Nottingham. The Toucan is capable of printing a up to six different functional materials (including materials for circuit tracks, electronic components and active structures) in one go. For more information on the Toucan system see the Centre’s lab page.
Here are a couple of pictures of the jetting system:(c) www.3dp-research.com
The Right Trousers is an EPSRC funded research project which aims to develop new soft robotic technologies that will help older people and people with disabilities to live more independently and with greater quality of life. It is a collaboration between six UK research institutes.
The soft robotic technology could help vulnerable people avoid falls by supporting them whilst walking, give people added bionic strength to move between sitting and standing positions and help people climb stairs.