This flat structure morphs into shape of a human face when temperature changes

A lattice structure, originally printed flat, has morphed into the outline of a

A lattice structure, originally printed flat, has morphed into the outline of a human face after changing in response to the surrounding temperature. Perspective view (left), top view (middle), and side view (right) of transformed lattice, approximately 160mm tall. Image: Lori K. Sanders

New structural design could lead to self-deploying tents or adaptive robotic fins.

MIT researchers have developed a 3D-printed mesh structure that can transform from a flat surface into complex shapes in response to temperature changes, reports the Xinhua news agency. "The technique can be used to design deployable structures like tents or coverings that automatically unfurl and inflate, and also be used as scaffolds for artificial tissue or deformable lenses in telescopes."


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