Do you want to build a temporary structure? Lift heavy objects with a light mobile system? Control the stiffness of a structure or manipulator during operation?
Inflatable structures could be the answer. Inflatables don’t have to be static. They can be used as structural and actuation components in active systems. They provide otherwise impossible dynamic performance for dynamically varying impedance and impact absorption.
Some of the reasons we suggest working with pressurized membrane structures are:
- The materials are easy to work with, source, and transport.
- Design and prototyping are fast and economical.
- Strength to weight ratios can be very high.
- They are robust
- They conveniently pack for transportation.