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Technology Development of Deformable Mannequin by Soft Robotics

Different from conventional robotic systems with rigid components connected by joints, a soft robotic system is actuated by deformable materials. The deformation actuated by a soft robotic system has many more degree-of-freedom to realize a target freeform shape that cannot be generated by conventional robots with rigid bodies. In this project, we aim at employing this attractive capability of a soft robotic system to develop a deformable mannequin in order to facilitate garment fitting of different body shapes. Advanced technology of soft robotics will be developed to make the prototype of pneumatically actuated soft mannequin, which can be deformed according to prescribed shapes. A set of chambers with optimized number, shapes and locations will be designed for the soft mannequin to capture the prescribed 3D shapes more accurately. Our design of soft mannequin will integrate deformation sensors to provide feedback of a deformed shape, and control software will be developed for the deformable mannequin to realize a prescribed morphing of 3D shapes.

Project No. (ITC) ITP/037/19TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Prof. Wang Charlie C. L.
Research Institute The Chinese University of Hong Kong
ITF Amount HK$ 3,011,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2020-01-01
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2021-12-31
Sponsors
Esquel Enterprises Limited
MINGS 3D SOLUTIONS LIMITED
New World CAD/CAM Development Ltd.
TAL Apparel Limited