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Versaball- an industrial robotic gripper using granular jamming technology.
How It Works
The core principle behind VERSABALL is the jamming phase transition of granular materials. The green ball is filled with a sand like material. When air is pumped into the ball, the ball softens. The ball is then pushed against the target object. Pulling air out of the ball jams the sand like material together, causing the ball to harden. This transition from soft to hard creates the gripping forces.
Different object shapes have very different gripping dynamics and as a result very different grip strengths. Friction from pinching, entrapment or capture, and vacuum suction are all possible grip forces.
1. Grips porous and delicate parts
2. Provides flexible workholding solution
3. Reduces tooling costs
4. Eliminates pinch points
5. Handles part variation
Minimizes tool change downtime