Wow, Ann, this is pretty impressive. This type of strength and capability of robots has a lot of potential for application, and really shows how advanced robot functionality is becoming. I could see this being used in artificial limbs or muscles, which would be an amazing breakthrough for the human users. It reminds me of the bionic man television show back in the 1980s (if I may date myself here, ahem...or was it the 70s? sometimes I get confused).
The Army also is working on a futuristic "Iron Man" type exoskeleton suit for soldiers...perhaps this type of thing could have an application there: http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/10/14/us-army-building-talos-real-life-ironman-armor-to-give-troops-superhuman-strength/
Wow, these are amazing numbers, Ann. They've improved their lifting ability by a factor of 160X, while tripling their stroke length. I would expect the lifting ability to increase when the stroke length is shorter.
Yes, Chuck, this is one of the most amazing materials discoveries I've seen. It's all in the plastic. The relationship you expect between strength (lifting ability) and stroke length might be true, within limits, for other materials such as metals.
And thanks for the TV history check, Ann! I guess I could've done that myself. I thought it was the 70s...it would be interesting to do a retrospective now and see what technology the bionic man supposedly had and compare it to technology actually available today. Maybe some would match up!
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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