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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bio-Hybrid Robot: Uses Muscles From Slug's Mouth And 3D Printed Parts: "Like A Slow Sea Turtle"

Biohybrid Robot 'Crawls' Using Muscles Taken from a Slug's Mouth (+Video)

The robot combines tissues from a California sea slug with flexible 3D-printed parts

Victoria Woollaston | July 19, 2016

By combining tissues from a slug with flexible 3D-printed parts, researchers have created a 'biohybrid' that crawls like a sea turtle on the beach – albeit extremely slowly.
A muscle from the slug's mouth helps the robot move, which is currently controlled by an external electrical field. Future iterations of the device will include ganglia – bundles of neurons and nerves that normally conduct signals to the muscle as the slug feeds – as an organic controller.

The Robot and the Sea Slug. Source;
"Berghia Sea Slug" Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (Researchers build a crawling robot from sea slug parts and a 3-D printed body. Swarms could one day search the depths of fresh and saltwater. July 18, 2016) and (Case Western Reserve University Scientists Create "Biohybrid" Robots from Sea Slug Muscles and 3D Printed Parts. July 20, 2016)>

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