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Aerosol Jet Print Engine will be used to develop automated manufacturing of bio-electronic actuators for robotic and prosthesis applications

optomec muscle articleOptomec, a leading provider of production grade additive manufacturing systems, announced that the Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) Institute at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has purchased an Aerosol Jet Quad Print Engine. The versatile print engine will be used to develop an automated production environment for the manufacturer of artificial muscles (also known as Dielectric Elastomer Actuators – DEAs) that can be used in robots, games and medical applications. Because the production of DEAs requires printing of ultra thin layers of elastomer film, silicone and electrodes, the ability of Aerosol Jet technology to print a variety of materials and at dimensions below 10 microns make it ideally suited for the artificial muscle application.  Read more

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