Printed Paper Robot Driven by Electrostatic Actuator

Hiroki Shigemune, Shingo Maeda, Vito Cacucciolo, Yoshitaka Iwata, Eiji Iwase, Shuji Hashimoto, Shigeki Sugano

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32 被引用数 (Scopus)


Effective design and fabrication of 3-D electronic circuits are among the most pressing issues for future engineering. Although a variety of flexible devices have been developed, most of them are still designed two-dimensionally. In this letter, we introduce a novel idea to fabricate a 3-D wiring board. We produced the 3-D wiring board from one desktop inkjet printer by printing conductive pattern and a 2-D pattern to induce self-folding. We printed silver ink onto a paper to realize the conductive trace. Meanwhile, a 3-D structure was constructed with self-folding induced by water-based ink printed from the same printer. The paper with the silver ink self-folds along the printed line. The printed silver ink is sufficiently thin to be flexible. Even if the silver ink is already printed, the paper can self-fold or self-bend to consist the 3-D wiring board. A paper scratch driven robot was developed using this method. The robot traveled 56 mm in 15 s according to the vibration induced by the electrostatic force of the printed electrode. The size of the robot is 30 × 15 × 10 mm. This work proposes a new method to design 3-D wiring board, and shows extended possibilities for printed paper mechatronics.

ジャーナルIEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
出版ステータスPublished - 2017 4月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 制御およびシステム工学
  • 生体医工学
  • 人間とコンピュータの相互作用
  • 機械工学
  • コンピュータ ビジョンおよびパターン認識
  • コンピュータ サイエンスの応用
  • 制御と最適化
  • 人工知能


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