Soft Surgical Robots (TUD)

Cuttlefish-inspired Medical Instruments

In order to design and manufacture soft tube-like robotic limb structures for medical applications, this tenure tracker will realise in-body actuation by means of artificial microactuators and artificial muscles, using cuttlefish-inspired structures. Novel non-assembly 3D printing will be explored to integrate electronics, embedded micro-actuators and artificial muscles, in layered combinations of parallel and helical structures. Additionally, he/she will research spiral-like bio-inspired power cable structures that can withstand extreme stretch due to their shape. In close collaboration with the tenure tracker & postdoc WU, this tenure tracker will combine bio-to-techno transfer with techno-to-bio transfer, whereby knowledge of biological functionality is gained from building the soft robot limbs.