Design Research

Along side our Design thesis Aposema, we have been conducting design research of silicone soft robotics to optimize the design of our mask. This included developing and prototyping design detail such as the Valve detail, and Scales details, together with some more basic elasticity and inflation experiments, and with reapplying the purpose of Soft robotics actuators designs as learned from Harvard's Soft Robotics Toolkit.

We also developed our own method of using 3D printed molds, which included different thicknesses of inflation pockets to control the level of inflation of each individual pocket, which we controlled parametrically via Grasshopper & Rhino.

Finally, we developed fabrication methods to control the smoothness of the silicone, its texture, and the appearance of the edges of the mask, while using manual casting methods.