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   

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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   

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“Peel-and-go” printable structures fold themselves | MIT News

Expanding polymer enables self-folding without heating or immersion in water.

Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office | Sept. 13, 2017
~7 mins |

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A new twist on airplane wing design | MIT News

“Morphing” wing could enable more efficient plane manufacturing and flight.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 3, 2016
~10 mins |

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Programming materials for better designs | MIT News

Skylar Tibbits creates smart materials that elegantly transform themselves to improve processes and products.

Eric Bender | MIT Industrial Liaison Program | Aug. 11, 2015
~7 mins |

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Centimeter-long origami robot | MIT News

Controlled by magnetic fields, tiny robot climbs inclines, swims, and carries loads twice its weight.

Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office | June 12, 2015
~5 mins |

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