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Touch-sensitive robots for micro manipulation

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The aim of this project is to build a touch sensitive robot, able to manipulate very small and sensitive objects. A pick-and-place application for the micro-world.

Path to market (need help!!)



Micromanipulation, pick and place, of small and delicate objects, 
  • biology and medical research
  • electronics

Short-term goals

Long-term goals

  • Find a killer application for this device 


  • Assemble a first prototype 
  • Find killer application
  • Design first product


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Tools, activities, and processes

  • All docs related to this project can be fount in SENSORICA/PROJECTS/Touch-sensitive robots
  • For related literature look in SENSORICA/LITERATURE/lit-Touch-sensitive robots
  • For our Diigo knowledge base tag with robots_project

Skills and resources needed

  • electronics - open hardware
  • software - integration, control and automation
  • mechanics - CAD, CAM, 3D printing, CNC
  • support - logistics, management, organization, writing, ... 

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General news
  • Beginning of this project This project was a natural direction, combining the Mosquito sensor and the XYZ piezo micromanipulators. On the first of June we officially started our project with Philippe Comtois at the ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2012, 3:39 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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News from the XYZ piezo-based micromanipulator
  • Low cost piezo actuator V4 We are assembling a new prototype of the low cost piezo actuator. The improvement is higher density of piezo buzzers to increase the range of this device. 
    Posted Nov 19, 2014, 12:16 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Low cost piezo-based actuator ready! The third prototype of the low-cost piezo-based actuator was successfully tested today at the SENSORICA lab in Montreal. Applications: biology, micro 3D printer, microelectronics, etc... The actuator alone ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2014, 11:39 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • ENGAGE grant with McGill was awarded A 25K ENGAGE grant was awarded on August first to a collaborative project between SENSORICA affiliates and Dr. P.H. Grutter from McGill University, Department of Physics. As in the ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2014, 11:28 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Piezo motor-based tilt stage under testing Testing of the first prototype of the new tilt stage, by Antonio and Felipe. The casing was 3D printed in our lab. The tilt is +/- 4with 0.0002 ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2014, 4:12 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Low cost, long range piezo stack demonstrated Open main doc
    Posted Jan 2, 2014, 9:34 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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