PreSS3d: Pressure Sensors with a Soft 3D-Structure

01 October 2022 → 31 March 2025
Regional and community funding: Industrial Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Sensors, biosensors and smart sensors not elsewhere classified
    • Manufacturing engineering not elsewhere classified
    • Sensing, estimation and actuating
    • Functional materials
    • Biomedical instrumentation
polymers thermoforming Pressure sensors large area sensing printed electronics
Project description

The aim of this project is to further develop and characterize the novel capacitive based soft pressure sensor of CMST, for which a patent application was filed (cfr Section 'Current Status'). We have identified a number of interesting use cases for this sensor (e.g. pressure sensing interface for orthoses and exoskeletons, robotic hand development) but the aim is to create a toolbox including designs, materials, stack buildups, interconnection methods,.. to be able to tune the pressure sensor characteristics to the specific requiremements of a wide range of applications. The aim is to examine the effects of the used materials, and created 3D-structureon the characteristics of the sensor, in order to shorten the design time of an application specific sensor. Characterization of the sensors will be done in order to know/tune the stability, softness, hysteresis, creep, reaction speed, … Finally, we will realize a demonstrator by integrating the sensors in a glove.