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 generate a continuous wave using their fins, which advance 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.