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The alternating release of gas is exactly what makes the bot do what looks like a little dance, wiggling its arms up and down and moving around in the process. The octobot can move for about 8 minutes on one milliliter of fuel.So how do you even develop something like this? “You have to make all the parts yourself,” says Ryan Truby, a graduate trainee in Jennifer Lewis’s lab at Harvard, where the materials half of this research study is occurring. The mold for the octopus shape and the microfluidic chip were among the important things developed nearby in Robert Woods’s lab.The octobot is made out of materials that the majority of microfluidics labs have on hand. It took the scientists 300 attempts to get the recipe. Initially they put a microfluidic chip in an empty, custom-made octopus mold. Then they put a silicone mix into the mold, covering the chip. After they utilize a 3-D printer to inject lines of ink into the silicone, they bake it for four days. This seals the shape of the octobot and makes one of the inks vaporize, leaving hollow vessels through which the pressurized gas will flow.Still missing out on are sensing and configuring abilities that would afford more control over the robot’s movement. The octobot is purposefully minimalist, indicated simply to show that such a soft robot can be made at all. < figure data-widget-type =imageset data-widget-layout=text-col > A scientist measures a silicone mixture thatwill form the body of the octobot.