Microgrippers as end-effectors with integrated sensors for microrobotic applications – ROBOGRIP
The main purpose of the project is to develop a robotic micromanipulation system with MEMS micro-grippers integrated with microsensors for position/force feedback control for cell manipulation. This will be achieved by developing a set of electro-thermally actuated end-effFectors with different functions (pick and place, pushing-pulling, gripping), in different configurations to be integrated in a robotic micromanipulation system. The end-effector and the integrated sensors will be designed and build at the system level, due to their interdependence not only at functional level but also considering the fabrication technology and component materials. Our implementations will integrate a micro-gripper with different sensing functionalities (force, displacement), the maximum attempt being the full instrumentation of the system. The demonstrator will be used for tailored functionalization of medical devices with cells, in demanded regions.