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Title: A novel design process of low cost 3D printed ambidextrous finger designed for an ambidextrous robotic hand
Authors: Kalganova, T
Akyürek, E
Mukhtar, M
Steele, L
Simko, M
Nimmo, A
Kavanagh, L
Paramonov, L
Huynh, A
Stelarc, S
Keywords: Ambidextrous finger;Finger design process;Low cost 3D printed finger;Ambidextrous finger concept;Robotic finger design
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: WSEAS
Citation: WSEAS Transactions on Circuits and Systems, 14: Art. 55, pp. 475 - 488, (2015)
Abstract: This paper presents the novel mechanical design of an ambidextrous finger specifically designed for an ambidextrous anthropomorphic robotic hand actuated by pneumatic artificial muscles. The ambidextrous nature of design allows fingers to perform both left and right hand movements. The aim of our design is to reduce the number of actuators, increase the range of movements with best possible range ideally greater than a common human finger. Four prototypes are discussed in this paper; first prototype is focused on the choice of material and to consider the possible ways to reduce friction. Second prototype is designed to investigate the tendons routing configurations. Aim of third and fourth prototype is to improve the overall performance and to maximize the grasping force. Finally, a unified design (Final design) is presented in great detail. Comparison of all prototypes is done from different angles to evaluate the best design. The kinematic features of intermediate mode have been analysed to optimize both the flexibility and the robustness of the system, as well as to minimize the number of pneumatic muscles. The final design of an ambidextrous finger has developed, tested and 3D printed.
ISSN: 1109-2734
Appears in Collections:Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering Research Papers

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