We Bring Motion to Life

Ras Labs believes in developing, fabricating and distributing customized products that have the power to heal and save lives. Ras Labs produces Synthetic Muscle™, electroactive polymer (EAP) based materials and actuators that contract and expand at low voltages. The Ras Labs mission is to use Synthetic Muscle™ to make robotics and prosthetics, particularly for the hand, that work, feel, and appear human.




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Enabling, healing technologies

Ras Labs believes in developing, fabricating and distributing customized products that have the power to heal and save lives. The company was founded in 2003 with the vision to develop a material that allows for life-like motion and control that can bring form and function together for prosthetic devices. As a result of our recent military conflicts, we are seeing a higher percentage of amputations than we have seen since the Civil War. In April 2013, with the Boston Marathon bombings, we have become acutely aware of the need to provide enabling, healing devices that have the capability to restore mobility and freedom of expression to those who have been injured. Dr. Lenore Rasmussen invented Synthetic Muscle™, which is a robust, flexible, polymer based material that has the ability to expand and contract with electric impulse. Ras Labs is seeking opportunities to test, match and use this material in healing devices.

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Highly adaptable

We can adjust our formulations of Synthetic Muscle™ to the specific needs of our customers. We can design a more flexible and soft material, that provides for greater degrees of motion, or we can generate less flexible, harder materials that allow for more strength and durability. Able to match, or supersede human muscle hardness, flexibility and strength, we can make our Synthetic Muscle using traditional plastics manufacturing processes or we can form the material into any size or shape with 3D printing. Our Synthetic Muscle can withstand extreme temperatures, 2 to 4 Kelvin, as cold as it is in outer space, to 135°C, well above the boiling point of water, and certain formulations resist radiation at levels that are lethal for humans. Given the highly adaptable properties of our Synthetic Muscle, we can design solutions for motion and control where we would never want to send a human, while also providing for an individual, custom fit for devices that are matched with a person.

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Revolutionary Science, a new way of looking at motion

Our Synthetic Muscle directly converts energy to motion without the need for belts, pulleys, gears or motors. As a result, our materials will generate a new way of thinking about motion, simplifying product design and increasing reliability by minimizing the number of parts that can break down in a device. This is revolutionary science.

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Building powerful alliances

Ras Labs has agreements in place with the US Department of Energy at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and the Department of Defense at Picattinny Arsenal where we have undergone testing and prototype development of our Synthetic Muscle™. Our goal is to offer our technical capabilities and expertise on various projects for the DOE and DOD while having the opportunity to test our materials for durability and reliability. Our work with PPPL has helped us prove our material is resistant to radiation, while also demonstrating better ways to adhere electrodes.

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Get In Touch

Eric Sandberg

E ericsandberg@raslabs.com
T (617) 750-0105
F (609) 243-2418

Lenore Rasmussen, PhD
Chair of Board, CTO, Founder

E rasmussl@raslabs.com
T (908) 296-9056
F (609) 243-2418

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