Adaptive Shape Gripper
By DE StaffFluid Power Machine Building
Festo’s DHEF gripper mimics the action of a chameleon’s tongue to pick up almost anything.
Festo released its DHEF adaptive shape gripper that can pick and move different shapes without the need for manual adjustment. The result of research performed by Festo’s Bionic Learning network, the DHEF mimics the action of a chameleon’s tongue – wrapping its elastic silicon cap around objects. It works in conjunction with the gripper’s pneumatic drive to grip components with variable or free-form shapes. It also has no sharp edges, making it suited for gripping sensitive objects or several parts in one movement. Additional features include a standard sensor slot for position sensing as well as a bayonet lock for easy replacement of the cap.