Development and Validation of a 3-D Printed Tendon-Driven Flexible Continuum Robot

  • Icaro Queiroz SENAI CIMATEC
  • Miguel Vieira SENAI CIMATEC
  • Humberto Monteiro SENAI CIMATEC
  • Mateus Cerqueira SENAI CIMATEC
  • Caio Viturino SENAI CIMATEC
  • Lucas Silva SENAI CIMATEC


F1exible continuum robots have been a growing research field in robotics over the last years. The movement of those robots does not happen with joints as in traditional robots, and the understanding of how to actuate a flexible body is critical for modeling and control systems. This work presents a 3D-printed tendon-driven continuum manipulator with 2 coupled sections actuated by servomotors. The robot has been manufactured in polyamide-12 (PA-12), material renowned for its flexibility, endurance, and suitability for flexible robotic applications. During testing, a constant velocity trajectory is executed by each motor with a steady positive and negative speed. This path effectively highlights the manipulator’s capacity for executing complex maneuvers, such as fully contracted “C” and “S” shaped formations. The effort and velocity feedback from motors were collected during the trajectory execution. Results allowed us to obtain a direct relation between this data and the robot’s position, providing valuable information for further implementations.
Palavras-chave: Tendon-driven manipulator, Continuum manipulator, Soft robots, Additive manufacturing
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QUEIROZ, Icaro; VIEIRA, Miguel; MONTEIRO, Humberto; CERQUEIRA, Mateus; VITURINO, Caio; SILVA, Lucas. Development and Validation of a 3-D Printed Tendon-Driven Flexible Continuum Robot. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE ROBÓTICA E SIMPÓSIO LATINO AMERICANO DE ROBÓTICA (SBR/LARS), 15. , 2023, Salvador/BA. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2023 . p. 135-140.