Composite use in Robotics

How do Robotics Benefit From Composites?blogimage3
Composites offer many benefits for robotic applications, when compared to traditional metallic. Many of the basic characteristics of composite materials apply in this application:

  • Light Weight: Lighter weight translates into less energy consumption and has a cascading effect which could reduce weight, wear, cost, etc. of other components in a system.
  • High Stiffness: High stiffness helps to limit how much a structure will deflect or deform under a load. Composites can be as much as 4 times stiffer than steel.
  • High Strength: High strength allows a composite structure to handle high loads before breaking. Composites can be as much as 4 times stronger than steel.
  • Part Consolidation: Reducing part count can lead to lower cost and reduces stresses in the structure due to fewer joints.
  • Extended Life Cycle: Composites do not fatigue like metals, they do not corrode or dent, and they have excellent impact resistance.
  • Special Needs: Dimensional stability under changing temperatures, improved vibration dampening, electronic transparency, electrical conductivity or insulation can be engineered.
  • Design Flexibility: Unlike metals, composites can be specifically tailored to give exacting performance characteristics.