https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-665X/ab0d9b is article about manipulator that uses artificial muscles. My question is - have the articial muscles achieved the maturity for some practical use and experimentation in non-research settings, e.g., while developing 3D printed InMoov robot for the personal use and experiments. I.e., are the artificial muscles available for the purchase for the affordable price (InMoov costs are about 10.000 euros, so several thousand euros are the affordable price)? Can the artificial muscles be attached to the 3D printed parts? Are there sufficient control algorithms and models for the artificial muscles? Are there support for them in the simulation software e.g. Gazeboo? Log of questions, but I don't expect the exact answers on each of them, I am more insterested whether or not can I try to experiment with them as of 2019.10?
I am more interested in polymer, electrically controlled muscles. I am not interested in the pneumatic muscles as they are unreliable and without enough strenght.