Actuator Fabrication

The process for fabricating an actuator with one of the molds is almost the same as for a 3D printed PneuNet bending actuator mold (described in detail here):

  1. A top part is cast in the acrylic mold
  2. A bottom part is cut from a piece of silicone coated fabric
  3. The two parts are glued together with uncured silicone
  4. Tubing is attached

When the actuator is finished, it is connected to a source of pneumatic actuation.