Paolo Falco Rüegg

Bionic Fin Wave

Underwater robot with unique fin drive

Hardware Robotics

The marine planarian, cuttlefish and Nile perch have one thing in common: in order to propel themselves, they use their fins to generate a continuous wave, which advances along their entire length. With this so-called undulating fin movement, the BionicFinWave manoeuvres through a pipe system made of acrylic glass.

This was the first project I contributed to at Festo Bionics as part of my industry placement. My responsibilities were relatively late in the product development cycle and included mechanical assembly, design updates and software bugfixing. I also helped with the radio communication that was needed to steer the robot before it could on its own.