Soft Robotics gripper prototyping system 

@ University of Lincoln, UK

Components: Rapid prototyping station to assemble and program soft grippers with multiple fingers configuration

This system can be used to rapidly prototype soft grippers from both a mechanical and control point of view. 

Depending on the ingredient/product to be manipulated, the gripper can be assembled using a different number of fingers and with multiple geometric configuration. 

From a control point of view, the pressure and force applied by the system can be easily tuned on the fly. 

Using the system in collaboration with a robotic arm and proper sensors, the effect of the manipulation on the food (including a shelf life analysis) can be demonstrated and investigated.