Festo is a worldwide leading supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology. Festo is constantly in search of new approaches in the field of drive, control and gripping technology; much of Festo’s work is inspired by nature. Engineered Arts has a long and close working relationship with Festo, who are the suppliers of the innovative pneumatic muscles in use on our RoboThespian designs. All major movements of the arms and upper torso of the RT3 are controlled by Festo DMSP series fluidic muscles. Like real muscles, these compliant actuators ‘back off’ when acting against an opposing force, and can be used to generate fluid motion with a high degree of biological similitude.

The company headquarters in Esslingen near Stuttgart is the heart of the Festo Group worldwide, and is home to a 3rd generation RoboThespian.