TeMoG – an Accessible Tool for Creating Custom Soft Robotics Parts

Jonas Jørgensen*

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Abstract

Soft robotics research aims to create robots made of elastic and pliable materials such as silicone rubber. Soft robotics components are endowed with a singular biomorphic aesthetic and have recently made their way into art, design, and architecture projects. However, the design and fabrication of soft robotic parts presents a substantial challenge to most beginners. A number of resources containing instructions for how to fabricate soft robotic parts currently exists, yet they focus on reproducing existing soft robotic designs. This sets a limitation on the number of soft robotics components that a creative practitioner, who is not an experienced user of the technology, might utilize in their work. To address this lack, we developed a tool that allows the user to easily fabricate custom soft robotic parts. This tool, called the Tentacle Mold Generator (TeMoG), can be used by someone with no prior experience in soft robotics. It generates STL files for 3D printing a mold to cast a custom soft robotic tentacle in silicone. In this paper, we describe the TeMoG tool and how to use it. We demonstrate the tool’s versatility and usefulness by presenting examples of its previous use in creative projects. TeMoG is distributed under a Creative Commons license and a link to download the tool with a detailed instructions manual is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractivity and Game Creation. ArtsIT 2020. : 9th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2020, Aalborg, Denmark, December 10–11, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAnthony Brooks, Eva Irene Brooks, Jonathan Duckworth
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2021
Pages331-342
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-73425-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-73426-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventEAI ArtsIT 2020 - 9th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation - Cyberspace
Duration: 10. Dec 202011. Dec 2020
Conference number: 9th
https://artsit.eai-conferences.org/2020/

Conference

ConferenceEAI ArtsIT 2020 - 9th EAI International Conference
Number9th
LocationCyberspace
Period10/12/202011/12/2020
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume367
ISSN1867-8211

Keywords

  • soft robotics
  • fabrication
  • design
  • interactive art
  • interaction design

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