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Micro-Soft-Robots are Already Here: Future Commercial Prospect

Micro-Soft-Robots are Already Here: Future Commercial Prospect

Soft robotics is a growing field, especially for soft robots mimicking simple living organisms and the so-called Bio-bots1. These Bio-bots combine soft-materials (skeleton) with muscle cells, (muscle or motor) and can shine another light on the biomechanics of soft-bodied animals, such as the ray fish2 and the Octopus3. Macro-scale soft or hybrid gripers are emerging to substitute the standard rigid ones, which provides a manipulation tool for more fragile objects (example in Figure1)4,5,6. (more…)

Fabrication Challenges in Early Stage Startups

Fabrication Challenges in Early Stage Startups

When commercializing a microfluidic technology, you start with a contraption put together from wires, tubing, pumps, power supplies, and microscopes, and you turn it into an instrument other labs can buy from a catalog-like a plate reader. Part of this journey is a transformation of your fabrication techniques. Here we will talk about the fabrication challenges when commercializing a microfluidic technology in an early stage startup; we will not look into other aspects of product development. Furthermore, we will mostly discuss the fabrication of microfluidic components and not other components like printed circuit boards. (more…)