Designing an Adhesion-Based Medical Instrument

When it comes to the development of an adhesion-based gripper for wet, slippery tissue during surgical procedures (instead of pinching grippers), the main challenge is to stick to wet tissue. However, another great challenge is the design of the medical instrument itself. The existing designs of pinching-based grippers cannot be used for adhesion-based instruments, which demand a completely new way of manipulating tissue, and therefore a completely new ergonomical and mechanical instrument design.
In this assignment, the student will carry out an explorative  study to outline the functional requirements of an adhesion-based gripper, and based on that will design and construct a protoype to be used in feasibility studies.

Contact: Peter van Assenbergh,