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Pneumatics Extlinkwikipedia.GIF is a system in which pressurized gases (air in the case of FIRST), are used to move actuators such as cylinders or rotary actuators.

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  • Natural linear motion (doesn't need to be converted from rotational motion) making interfacing with structure simple
  • Very high forces possible without any mechanical reduction


  • Large initial weight cost
  • Routing hoses can be difficult
  • Total power/energy output is less than that achievable with motors
  • Frequent use will drop air pressure faster than the compressor can raise it, resulting in a severe performance drop.

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