A Batch-Fabricated Single-Layer Elastomeric Actuator With Corrugated Surface
Date of this Version8-2012
Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. Volume: 21, Issue: 4, Aug. 2012
In this paper, we report on the first laser-micromachined batch-fabricated single-layer elastomeric actuator with a corrugated surface profile. The structural material of the cantilever actuator is a single [polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)] layer, and electrodes are soft lithographically patterned conductive carbon grease. The asymmetric corrugated surface provides a bending moment in a single PDMS layer without the need for a second inactive layer. An actuator which is 5 mm long, 1 mm wide, and 80 mu m thick can generate up to 2-mm out-of-plane displacement with zero applied force and 15 mu N at zero deflection while consuming 20 mu W of static power when actuated with 500 V.
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology