Engineers 3D print soft, rubbery brain implants

Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: neuroscience electronics 3-d-printing research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering brain-and-cognitive-sciences civil-and-environmental-engineering biological-engineering

Integrating electronics onto physical prototypes

In place of flat “breadboards,” 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
March 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: electronics manufacturing 3-d-printing research design school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs computer-science-and-technology computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail computer-graphics

Printing objects that can incorporate living organisms

A 3D printing system that controls the behavior of live bacteria could someday enable medical devices with therapeutic agents built in.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: manufacturing synthetic-biology 3-d-printing research design media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning

Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 16, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: robotics robots nasa 3-d-printing research school-of-architecture-and-planning center-for-bits-and-atoms self-assembly

Engineers put Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge design to the test

Proposed bridge would have been the world’s longest at the time; new analysis shows it would have worked.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 9, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: history architecture 3-d-printing research school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering

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

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

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 30, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: robotics 3-d-printing research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

Objects can now change colors like a chameleon

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory team creates new reprogrammable ink that lets objects change colors using light.

Rachel Gordon | CSAIL • mit
Sept. 10, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability manufacturing arts 3-d-printing research design school-of-engineering computer-science-and-technology computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-and-computer-science-eecs 3-d-imaging

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