Easy-Bake Robots? 3D-Printed Bots Could Self-Assemble When Heated

May 31, 2014 3:03 AM

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Easy-Bake Robots? 3D-Printed Bots Could Self-Assemble When Heated

Assembling a future robot could be as simple as heating it up. Two new studies demonstrate how 3D-printed robots could fold into shape and assemble themselves after being exposed to heat.

To make a two-dimensional sheet of material assemble itself into a 3D machine, the researchers used heated sheets of a type of polymer known as polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. These sheets of material were placed between two rigid polyester films that are full of slits.

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