July 2021
Vol 7, Issue 29

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ONLINE COVER Manufacturing soft robots using current methods is time, labor, and technically intensive. To make soft robotic systems easier to manufacture and adopt, Hubbard et al. developed a new strategy for additively manufacturing these technologies with fully integrated fluidic circuitry, including soft actuators, fluidic circuitry, and body features, in a single 3D print run. This process can be used by anyone with a commercially available 3D printer. To demonstrate the approach, the researchers printed a soft robotic hand designed to play a Nintendo controller, which they used to play the first level of the original Super Mario Bros video game by autonomously varying one pressure input. The authors suggest that enabling the rapid construction and simple modification of fully integrated soft robots could enable new classes of soft robots. [CREDIT: HUBBARD ET AL/SCIENCE ADVANCES]