Electroactive polymer manufacturing

  • US 7,923,064 B2
  • Filed: 07/09/2007
  • Issued: 04/12/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/20/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of fabricating a device comprising an electroactive polymer and multiple electrodes, the method comprising:

  • mechanically stretching a polymer to form a pre-strained electroactive polymer, wherein the pre-strained electroactive polymer has an elastic modulus below 100 MPa;

    fixing a first portion of the pre-strained electroactive polymer to a solid member;

    forming a first electrode on a portion of a first surface of the pre-strained electroactive polymer; and

    forming a second electrode on a portion of a second surface of the pre-strained electroactive polymer.

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