Fabrication of a novel laser-processed NiTi shape memory microgripper with enhanced thermomechanical functionality Conference Paper uri icon

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  • The thermomechanical properties of nickel-titanium shape memory alloys have sparked significant research efforts seeking to exploit their exotic capabilities. Until recently, the performance capabilities of nickel-titanium devices have been inhibited by the retention of only one thermomechanical response. In this article, the application of a novel laser-processing technique is demonstrated to create a monolithic self-positioning nickel-titanium shape memory microgripper. Device actuation and gripping maneuvers were achieved by thermally activating processed material regions which possessed unique phase transformation onset temperatures and thermomechanical recovery characteristics. The existence of each thermomechanical material domain was confirmed through differential scanning calorimetry analysis. Independent thermomechanical recoveries of each embedded shape memory were captured using tensile testing methods. Deployment of each embedded shape memory was achieved using resistive heating, and in situ resistivity measurements were used to monitor progressive phase transformations.


  • Daly, Matthew
  • Pequegnat, Andrew
  • Zhou, Norman
  • Khan, Mohammad I

publication date

  • May 2013