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 | Jan. 23, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: 3-d-printing design manufacturing media-lab research synthetic-biology 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 | Oct. 16, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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

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 | Oct. 9, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

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 | Sept. 30, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

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 | Sept. 10, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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




Tiny motor can “walk” to carry out tasks

Mobile motor could pave the way for robots to assemble complex structures — including other robots.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | July 2, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

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

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