EAP material and product manufacturers

 

This website is part of the WW-EAP Webhub that covers the topic of electroactive polymers (EAP) that are also known as artificial muscles.  It was prepared by Dr. Yoseph Bar-Cohen, a Senior Research Scientist and Group Supervisor at JPL, and it is one of the links of his JPL’s NDEAA Webhub.  This website was prepared in an effort to help answering the question: “where can I get these materials?” and to help those who cannot make the material themselves by following the description on the WW-EAP Recipe website.  While the following list may not cover every EAP company in the world it includes most of the companies that Dr. Bar-Cohen was aware of their existence. 

 

Company Name, Contact person, E-mail, Website

EAP materials/processes/products

Artificial Muscle, Inc. (AMI) is now listed as ViviTouch

 

 

See ViviTouch

Danfoss PolyPower A/S

Member of the Danfoss group
DK-6440 Nordborg

Denmark

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Ken Graversen

Director Sales & Marketing

 

Michael Hamann

General Manager and President

PolyPower@Danfoss.com

Web: http://www.PolyPower.com/

DEAP material with patented design of the metal electrodes deposited on a micro structured elastomer surface

 

Available evaluation samples ready for ordering

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EAMEX Corporation

3-9-30 Tarumicyo Suita, Osaka 564-0062, Japan

 

Shingo Sewa or Kazuo Onishi; 

Web: web@eamex.co.jp

http://www.eamex.co.jp/index_e.html

 

EAP actuators for medical applications (nursing equipment, catheter, guide wires, and rehabilitation instrument); robotics; industry (manipulator and conveyance equipment); hobby and art, as well as customized EAP products.  Specifically, 

Materials

1.   Actuators and sensors made of ion-conductive membranes

2.   Ion-conductive actuator rods

3.   Conductive Polymer Actuators based on PPy

Devices

1. Auto-focus device for mobile phones using ion-conductive polymer
2. Micro pump for fuel cell or other small application
EAP based  hand

EMPA: Swiss federal laboratory of Materials Science and Technology      www.empa.ch/eap

Überlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland

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Gabor Kovacs, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

gabor.kovacs@empa.ch 

 

Silvain Michel

Head of EAP Group

silvain.michel@empa.ch

·  Material: Dielectric Elastomer Actuator (Acrylic, silicone,...)

·  Design: Rolled, Planar and Stack Actuators in the Macro Scale

·  Chemical Synthesis and Post-processing, Pre-Industrial Manufacturing facilities, Determination of Material Properties, Modeling of visco- hyperelastic DE Materials

        

Environmental Robots Incorporated   

909 Virginia, NE., Suite 205, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108, USA

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www.environmental-robots.com

 

NOTE: ERI offers complimentary samples.  For information please visit their website, click on products and then on complimentary samples.

·   IPMC-based and ionic polymer actuators, transducers, and sensors

·   IPMC and conductive polymer EAP for biomedical engineering and medical applications

·   Kits of bending and contractile EAP, ionic polymeric fiber bundles, conductive polymers and chemically activated polymers

 

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MCNC Research and Development Institute

NC 2770

 

Scott Goodwin goodwin@mcnc.org,  Web: http://www.mcnc.org/rdi/

Dielectric EAP device development and prototyping of

·     "Artificial Eyelid" polymer flexible film

·     Electrostatic MEMS actuator

·     Integrated force array and electrostatic polymer actuator

Artificial Eyelid    

Molecular Mechanisms LLC

 

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Customer Support, sales@molecularmechanisms.com, Web: www.molecularmechanisms.com

·      Development of EAP based mechanisms

·      Polypyrrole (PPy) tapes for Conductive Polymers (CP) EAP

Bilayer CP EAP activated in air  

NanoSonic, Inc.

1485 S. Main Street

Blacksburg, VA  24060

 

 

Richard O. Claus, President; info@nanosonic.com;

Web: http://www.nanosonic.com

·      Low modulus sensors for strain, vibration and fluid flow

·      Free-standing conductive and reflective elastomeric membranes

·      Flexible electroding for EAP actuators using modified self-assembly (demonstrated for dielectric EAP)

Stretchable electroding material

Quantum Technology Pty. Ltd. 

5 South Street, Rydalmere, N.S.W. 2126, Australia

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Tim Connell

tconnell@quantech.com.au

Web: http://www.quantech.com.au/

Australia

·      Development of EAP actuators for Braille Cells as an aid to visually impaired and blind.

Santa Fe Science and Technology

3216 Richard Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87505

 

Benjamin Mattes, President and C.E.O., mattes@sfst.net

Web:

http://www.manta.com/c/mmfw4nb/santa-fe-science-technology

·      Conductive polymer EAP in the form of fibers and yarns

·      Prototyping linear EAP Actuators called Panion

Panion CP EAP  

Strategic Polymer Sciences, Inc. (SPS)

200 Innovation Blvd., Suite 237

State College, PA 16803

814-238-7400

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Dean Anderson, Director of Operations

danderson@strategicpolymers.com

Web: http://www.StrategicPolymers.com

http://twitter.com/strategicplymrz

      Manufactures electroactive polymer (EAP) films for high dielectric constant fluoropolymers as well as commercializes the following:

       High energy density capacitors

       High strain actuators

       Solid-state active cooling modules

 

 

StretchSense Limited

Level 6, 70 Symonds Street

Auckland 1010

New Zealand

Ph: +64 9 923 9193

Ben O’Brien, CEO

sales@stretchsense.co.nz

Web: http://www.stretchsense.co.nz

A Biomimetics Laboratory spin-out

StretchSense have combined revolutionary soft polymer sensors with Bluetooth™ connectivity to make it easy to measure soft structures like the human body.

 

1.      Measure large strains unobtrusively using soft silicone sensors.

2.      Record data on your Bluetooth™ enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop.

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Evaluation Kits are available now

SynapTech

500 E Washington, Suite 10

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 408-1327

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Eugene Daneshvar

ddaneshvar@gmail.com

http://www.SynapTech.co

synaptictechnologies@gmail.com

Description: Description: DaneshvarSynapTech specializes in design, fabrication, and development of movable microelectrode arrays for neural interfaces.  Our articulating neural interfaces can guide the trajectory as well as the proximity of the electrode sites to the neural tissue.  Our actuating technology can easily be integrated with retinal electrodes, cochlear implants, peripheral nerve cuffs, ECoG arrays as well as implantable cortical arrays. Multiple patents pending.

ViviTouch | A Bayer Brand

Corporate Headquarters address

1320 Orleans Drive

Sunnyvale, CA 94089

408-215-7320

 

 

David Humphreys

Director of Global Sales and Marketing

Direct: 408-215-7362

www.vivitouch.com

*Founded by SRI International

The company, ViviTouch®actuators, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, produces cinematic sensation that bridges the senses of seeing, hearing and feeling. ViviTouch HD Feel is used in mobile phones, gaming controllers, tablets and wearable devices to bring High Definition feel to the entertainment and lifestyle experience. ViviTouch 4D Sound can make headphones come alive by amplifying the experience of hearing.  In addition to the ViviTouch®, the company is actively advancing its EAP technology and expanding the serviced markets for force sensing, power generation, valves, pumps, optical positioners, and medical applications.  

   

For evaluation kits - please contact the company directly.

 

 

Also, the following are suppliers of PVDF films:

·         KTech

 

·         Measurement Specialties, Inc.

 

·         AIRMAR Technology Corp.

 

·         PIEZOTECH S.A. (France)