Meso-Scale piezoelectric gripper with high dexterity

Safakcan Tuncdemir, Seyit O. Ural, Kenji Uchino

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Design, fabrication and testing of a piezoelectrically actuated meso-scale dexterous gripper are reported. The gripper utilizes a piezoelectric ringmorph, which is excited by means of quarterly separated electrodes yielding 3 degree of freedom (3-dof) motion. Utilizing a specially designed arm, the 3-dof ringmorph actuation is transformed into a gripper motion bearing high dexterity. The combination of inand out-of-plane motion unique to the gripper generates the herein explained sliding grip release, which improves the pick-and-place performance by avoiding sticking of the substrate. The 27 × 20 × 7mm3 gripper can generate 300mg gripping force while it has 110 μm out-of-plane and 30 μm in-plane no-load maximum stroke at ±100V DC. The characterization of the device, including hysteresis and transient response are implemented as a function of loading condition and change in field intensity. The experimental results and sample pick-and-place tests have shown prominent force, stroke and frequency bandwidth of the gripper with a novel releasing method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number044501
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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