Paving the way to a future of medical robots
Healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic have been struggling to cope with a significant increase in patients requiring treatment. Also, social distancing has made telemedicine a system of choice. For treatment, the use of robotic intermediaries may prove essential. In this context, the SAMURAI project, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, will develop innovative soft microrobotic devices fully 3D-printed using additive manufacturing techniques. These soft microrobots will be able to move both in ambient conditions and liquid media. In addition, new 3D printing protocols will be developed for fabricating the microrobots, and various biomimicking designs of the microrobots will be evaluated. Finally, autonomous operation will be investigated by embedding the soft microrobots with microchips.
Fields of science
- medical and health scienceshealth sciencespublic healthepidemiologypandemics
- natural scienceschemical sciencespolymer sciences
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringelectronic engineeringroboticssoft robotics
- engineering and technologymechanical engineeringmanufacturing engineeringadditive manufacturing