Welcome to The Faboratory

The Yale Faboratory researches new and innovative ways to make things. The natural world is filled with soft, robust, and conformable mechanisms capable of stably and safely interacting with their environment. However, the machines and electronics that we build today are most often constructed from rigid components. In the Yale Faboratory, we build mechanisms and systems that exploit the properties of soft materials, such as extreme deformability and responsiveness to external stimuli.

STAUD lminae applied to a soft robotic gripper A stretchable gallium-indium nanoparticle circuit, printed on a nitrile glove. Cover of Advanced Materials Printed gallium-indium alloy stretchable circuits. Cover of Advanced Functional Materials Hybrid self-assembly of gallium-indium alloy onto PDMS. Cover of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Robotic skins, with integrated sensors and actuators, turn an inanimate foam tube into a robot gripper Robotic skins, with integrated sensors and actuators, in a posture-correcting smart garment Robotic skins, with integrated sensors and actuators, applied to a tensegrity, rolling over a Martian background.
Rupture-induced conductivity in liquid metal nanoparticles by laser and thermal sintering, to create stretchable circuits.
A scalable method for manufacturing concuctive silicone-graphite composite was used to create wearable stretch sensors.
Soft stetch sensors on a soft robotic gripper (Otherlab Inc.) for closed-loop control during grasping.
Stretch sensors embedded in soft robotic finger to enable controlled bidirectional bending.

Manufacturing

We're researching new ways to process soft materials that will result in high-throughput and scalable manufacturing techniques to produce soft, functional devices. Our innovations bridge the gap between proof-of-concept prototyping and high-yield manufacturing.

Materials

Our goal is to create soft, responsive sensors and actuators by exploiting material properties. We are developing new multi-functional materials that will replace separate linkage & actuator mechanisms and structural components to reduce the complexity of responsive systems.

Robotics

In contrast to traditional rigid robots, we aim to leverage materials engineering tools and scalable manufacturing insights to develop multifunctional materials for wearable electronics, soft robotics, assistive medical devices, and adaptive architectures.