InstaGrasp: An Entirely 3D Printed Adaptive Gripper with TPU Soft Elements and Minimal Assembly Time

by   Xin Zhou, et al.

Fabricating existing and popular open-source adaptive robotic grippers commonly involves using multiple professional machines, purchasing a wide range of parts, and tedious, time-consuming assembly processes. This poses a significant barrier to entry for some robotics researchers and drives others to opt for expensive commercial alternatives. To provide both parties with an easier and cheaper (under 100GBP) solution, we propose a novel adaptive gripper design where every component (with the exception of actuators and the screws that come packaged with them) can be fabricated on a hobby-grade 3D printer, via a combination of inexpensive and readily available PLA and TPU filaments. This approach means that the gripper's tendons, flexure joints and finger pads are now printed, as a replacement for traditional string-tendons and molded urethane flexures and pads. A push-fit systems results in an assembly time of under 10 minutes. The gripper design is also highly modular and requires only a few minutes to replace any part, leading to extremely user-friendly maintenance and part modifications. An extensive stress test has shown a level of durability more than suitable for research, whilst grasping experiments (with perturbations) using items from the YCB object set has also proven its mechanical adaptability to be highly satisfactory.


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