Less-wasteful laser-cutting

Fabricaide, developed at MIT CSAIL, provides live design feedback to help users reduce leftover material.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Feb. 17, 2021 ~4 min

Leveraging a 3D printer “defect” to create a new quasi-textile

Tulle-like DefeXtiles can be 3D printed with no custom software or hardware.

Becky Ham | MIT Media Lab • mit
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Electronic design tool morphs interactive objects

MorphSensor lets users digitally model an object’s form and electronic function in one integrated space.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Oct. 22, 2020 ~5 min

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

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

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

How to design and control robots with stretchy, flexible bodies

Optimizing soft robots to perform specific tasks is a huge computational problem, but a new model can help.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 22, 2019 ~7 min

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

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

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