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Soft robots are produced using 3D printers and innovative printing techniques. Photo: OSU mLab Robotics.

Feb 10, 2021

At Oregon State University – Cascades next Science Pub, OSU materials scientist Stephanie Walker will share how new materials and processes used in 3D printing are creating soft robots that are changing wearable technology, medicine and the art of squeezing into tiny places.

The Science Pub, “The Promise of 3D Printing Soft Robots,” will be offered free via YouTube Live from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Walker is a postdoctoral scholar in the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute in OSU’s College of Engineering. During her Science Pub presentation, she will share research that has produced new materials and 3D printing techniques that can create an array of complex devices, including electronic circuitry and system devices that operate robotics. She will also discuss real-world applications for the highly flexible robots made possible by these technology advancements.

Walker has worked for Intel and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Her research focuses on the development of new materials and processing techniques for soft robot production, including multi-component and multi-material 3D printing.

To register for this Science Pub, visit osucascades.edu/science-pubs or contact events@osucascades.edu or 541-322-3100. Following registration, audience members will receive an email with instructions for viewing the Science Pub.

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Twenty undergraduate majors, 37 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.