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Freeform fluidics

United States Patent

February 10, 2015
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A robotic, prosthetic or orthotic member includes a body formed of a solidified metallic powder. At least one working fluid cylinder is formed in the body. A piston is provided in the working fluid cylinder for pressurizing a fluid in the cylinder. At least one working fluid conduit receives the pressurized fluid from the cylinder. The body, working fluid cylinder and working fluid conduit have a unitary construction. A method of making a robotic member is also disclosed.
Dehoff; Ryan R. (Knoxville, TN), Lind; Randall F. (Loudon, TN), Love; Lonnie L. (Knoxville, TN), Peter; William H. (Knoxville, TN), Richardson; Bradley S. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 493,683
June 11, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with government support under contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.