Tiny and nimble

Inspired by origami, Harvard’s tiny “millli-Delta” robot originates from the Wyss Institute’s efforts in Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Piezoelectric actuators move the 15mm robot very precisely at a 5micron accuracy placement and very rapidly at up to 0.45 m/s velocity with amazing acceleration.

Applications may include tiny pick-and-place assembly such as circuitry, but the ultimate application would be precision microsurgery.

Read more: Science Robotics / Wyss Institute / IEEE Spectrum

Image: Wyss Harvard – milliDelta robot

This story is taken from the 9 February 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.