Monday, July 17, 2006

Robot Muscles

Shadow Robot Company, the maker of the
fantastic 24 degree of freedom Shadow hand, also sells the air muscles that are used to power the hand.

The muscles are made with a rubber tube wrapped in a spring material. When the tube is relaxed the springs stretch it out. When the tube is pressured with air, the muscle contracts and pulls the ends together.

The air muscles are available from 6 mm to 30 mm diameters with pulling force from 7kg to 70 kg (155 lbs).

The hand is also available.

Shadow Robot Company: Air Muscles overview


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