Scientific Internship: 3D printing of soft robots

Date posted August 23, 2018
Type Scientific Internships

The Soft Robotic Matter group at AMOLF is looking for interns that will work on the 3D printing of soft robots. While typically these soft robots are fabricated by casting two-component silicon rubbers in a 3D printed mold, we are currently developing a new 3D printer that can directly mix and write two-component silicon rubbers. Using existing materials and additives, the student will independently perform 3D printing experiments and material rheology testing to find the correct mixtures that can be printed. The study will focus on finding printable materials with correct viscosity, curing time, etc. leading to airtight prints that can be actuated using e.g. air pressure.

About the group

The Soft Robotic Matter focuses on the design, fabrication and fundamental understanding of materials that are capable of autonomously adapting to – and even harnessing – variations in their environment. We aim to uncover principles that help us understand how non-linearity and feedback can result in the emergence of complex – but useful – behaviour in soft actuated systems. To this end, the Soft Robotic Matter group explores active and sensing elements to implement feedback capabilities and computation in soft architected materials, and uses a combination of computational, experimental and analytical tools. This line of research uniquely combines concepts from soft robotics and architected materials, providing new and exciting opportunities in the design of compliant structures and devices with highly non-linear behaviour. See also: www.overvelde.com.

Qualifications

The internship is open to candidates from a range of backgrounds, including Engineering, Physics, Material science or a related field. The Soft Robotic Matter group is looking for a highly motivated candidate with a go-getter mentality. Preferably, the candidate has a strong experimental background, in combination with a sound appetite for analytical work. Experience in additive manufacturing, rheology or similar experimental techniques is an advantage, but not required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English) are essential.The internship must be a mandatory part of your curriculum. You have a nationality of an EU-member state and/or you are a student at a Netherlands University. You must be available for at least 3, but preferable more than 5 months. 

Terms of employment

At the start of the traineeship your trainee plan will be set out, in consultation with your AMOLF supervisor.

Contact info

Dr. ir. Bas Overvelde
Group leader Soft Robotic Matter
E-mail: overvelde@amolf.nl
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100

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