Soft Robotic Manta Ray


Gordon Field House - Main Floor

Side-by-side photos of RIT students and activities with the text See How RIT is Advancing the Exceptional underneath.

The booth will have a rubber manta ray (~2 ft. wingspan, ~1 ft. length) sitting on the table in a mostly assembled state. It will have one wing fully enclosed and operating on a loop to show functionality, and the other wing will be open to show the internal muscles and structure of the wing. The electronics and pumps of the system will be visible to passing visitors. The robot will be connected to a small reservoir of water, such as a small bucket of water, underneath the table with a length of tubing to run the muscles. We will have a monitor running on the side of the table with a video of the manta ray functioning in the RIT pools, as well as a slideshow documenting some of the overall process. Exhibitors will be behind the booth to explain the subsystems, design, and purpose of various parts of the project. Several parts and manufacturing aids will be on the table for demonstration as space allows, so they can be handed to visitors to examine hands-on. For general safety and cleanliness, we will have several towels on hand in case of water leaks.

Manta ray perspective view

Isometric rainbow view of manta

Displacement plot of wing structure

Isometric rainbow view of manta; wings bent

Displacement plot of wing structure; distorted


Gordon Field House - Main Floor


Kiefer Read
Jayden Galli
Diaz Niño
Elizabeth Orlando
Jonathan Goodman
Evan Strickland
Cody March

Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard

This is an MSD project within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

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