Research Paper on 3D-Printed Variable-Stiffness Structures is now available online

We’re pleased to announce that Dr Majid Taghavi and the University of Bristol team’s paper on 3D-printable variable stiffness structures has been published in the journal IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters!

These new materials can be 3D-printed into any shape, and by applying electricity to them they can be transitioned from being strong and stiff to being soft and flexible. Some of our target users, such as older adults, can get tired when they have to stand up for a long time (for example while doing the washing up). With these new materials, The Right Trousers can stiffen up to provide support to the user when needed, and become soft and flexible when the user needs to walk around or sit down!

The paper has been published Open Access so it’s freely available for reading by anyone! Read it here!

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The Wearable Soft Robotics for Independent Living project is an £2 m ESPRC funded initiative spanning 7 universities. The aim of the project is to develop wearable soft robotic technologies which exhibit sophisticated sensing, actuation and control and can be fabricated into soft robotic clothing which will help disabled and older people move around easily and unaided. The soft robotic clothing will 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.