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Is there a way to make a Electroactive material at home? Answered

 What I am looking for is something that acts like a muscle. The material contracts when electricity is applied to it.  Any ideas?

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b-stro
b-stro

Best Answer 11 years ago

Bimetallic strips buckle/contract as they heat up, and realign as they cool. You might get it to work depending on what kind of voltage you're working with, and how fast you want the contraction to occur. You can find them in many household objects, like old thermostats, some fuses, and the bulbs used to make incandescent christmas lights blink.

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jrv_boots
jrv_boots

8 years ago

There is a link at www.sri.com (Stanford Research Institute) on electroactive polymers (EAP). it was spun off and is now part of Bayer. Evaluation kits and more information are available from this manufacturer. Have an idea for a robot using this technology. Might have it done by the end of the year.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

11 years ago

Nitinol is one of the more popular "electric muscles", but I don't think it's something that most DIYers can make.

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Stroyeror
Stroyeror

Answer 11 years ago

It does not have to be metal material it could be something more like a soft plastic or silicon.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Answer 11 years ago

.  I'm stumped. :(
.  If I weren't so lazy, I'd start looking here.

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Stroyeror
Stroyeror

Answer 11 years ago

Nice,  But i was looking for something that, well ill give a example.  lets say this material  was in the shape of a sphere you apply electricity the sphere shrinks or contracts.

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jtobako
jtobako

11 years ago

A solenoid.  Fine threads tend to do the opposite-straiten out when charged.

Not a lot of options for mechanical muscle tissue : (