16-gram Hexapedal Robot

This tiny little bug weighs in at an impressive 16 grams. The lightweight, simple construction is achieved through  “Smart Composite Microstructures” (SCM). The SCM process follows a few simple steps that essentially create a sandwich with rigid composites on the outside with flexible polymer inside. By controlling the location of the flexible polymer, the resulting structure can be folded into 3D forms and actuated.

Dash weighs in at 16 grams, can run at 15 body lengths per second (1.5 meters/sec.), and has survive falls from 7.5 meters, 12 meters, and 28 meters!  The video shows some of the amazing things that Dash can do

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