Microrobotics Laboratory

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Small-scale robotics for biomedical and healthcare 

Area(s) of Expertise

The Microrobotics Laboratory at the University of Toronto focuses on small-scale robotics and bio-inspired novel locomotion systems. Our main areas of study are fabrication and control relating to remote actuation of micro-scale devices using magnetic fields, micro-scale robotic manipulation, smart materials, and the creation of novel biomedical devices. The lab’s goal is to develop tools and techniques for accessing small, confined or remote environments for applications in biotechnology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing.

Research Services

Characterization of micro-scale mechanisms, micronewton-level force measurement, prototyping, magnetic field measurement, actuation of micro-robots, microscopy

Sectors of Application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

Microrobotics Lab

Laser cutter

Cutting of plastic, wood

 

Nikon stereomicroscope

Low-power magnification

 

Nikon optical microscope

Magnification 5x to 40x

 

Handheld magnetometer

Measure magnetic field strength and direction

 

Hot plates

 

 

Ultrasonic cleaner

 

 

Load cells

Measurement of millinewton to newton level forces

 

Micro-force sensing probe

Measurement of micronewton to millinewton-level forces with digital interface and robotic probe tip motion control

 

Syringe pump

Flow rate control for microfluidics

 

High-speed camera

Up to kHz frame rate image acquisition

 

Magnetic coils

Creation of precision magnetic fields up to 50 mT in strength, in 3D under computer control

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URL

Tiny, Swimming Robots Could Improve Surgery

http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/tiny-swimming-robots-could-improve-surgery/