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Magnetic Transformation Structure

This Magnetic Transformation Structure (MTS) is the first electromagnetically controllable structure that can be applied to robotics, prosthesis design, automation technology, nanotechnology and precision engineering.

A new era begins with the Magnetic Transformation Structure. The use of deformation and force transmission for specific components is important in almost all areas of mechanical engineering and robot technology. Until now, gripper arms or prostheses can only be realised via a connection of complex structures and hydraulic motors. These systems are extremely complicated and inflexible. The Magnetic Transformation Structure uses an intelligent, unique and globally applicable principle to solve these tasks in a simpler manner, with more precision.

The principle of this structure begins with parallel sequential segments that are arranged on a flexible material. In the centre of each segment is a metal core, which allows a magnetic field to be specifically generated via electrical current in each individual segment. The adjacent segments that are magnetised to have like magnetic poles will repel each other. With unlike magnetic poles, they attract each other. Since the segments are bound to the flexible plate only at the base, the magnetic forces generate a torque that naturally bends the plate. 

The advantages of using the Magnetic Transformation Structure lie in its economical production, faster reaction times as a result of targeted force transmission, uncomplicated deformation of mechanical components and more flexibility than previously known mechanisms and hydraulic systems.


Emami Design, Germany
Team Lead: Arman Emami


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