Underactuated hands

Delft Hand

We are developing a powerful, versatile, lightweight three-fingered underactuated gripper. We have finished the first proof-of-concept prototype and a patent is pending.

The three fingers of the hands each have two degrees of freedom, all actuated by a single motor. Clever mechanisms assure a powerful and robust grip on widely varying objects with a minimum of sensing and control.

Characteristics:

  • 3 x 2 degrees of freedom
  • 1 low-power motor
  • 1 force sensor
  • 0.6 kg total mass
  • 8 kg maximum payload

Video:

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