2007: Polymer Microbots

This work involves the design of micobots capable of moving around a playing field under the rules of NIST’s Nanogram Competition. The primary goal is to have a high degree of control over the microbot’s motion, while maximizing speed. Designs are fabricated in SU-8 as opposed to Silicon in order to take advantage of the material properties of polymers. Work focused on optimization of piezoelectric, ionic wind, and capacitive coupling based control methods.

The Cadence layout of a microbot.

A 3D representation of the microbot.

A fabricated microbot before testing.

Custom LabVIEW script for microbots.

Ion wind testing setup.

Investigating sound induced resonance.

Resonance based motion on a cantilever.

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