3 Questions: Harnessing wave power to rebuild islands

In the Maldives, an MIT team is conducting experiments to combat sea-level rise by redirecting natural sand movement.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change environment architecture research school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-science 3-questions oceanography-and-ocean-engineering eaps self-assembly

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

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 • mit
July 2, 2019 ~5 min

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

“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 • mit
Sept. 13, 2017 ~7 min

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

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 • mit
Nov. 3, 2016 ~10 min

Tags:  energy  nasa  research  aviation  school-of-architecture-and-planning  aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering  center-for-bits-and-atoms  self-assembly  efficiency

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 • mit
Aug. 11, 2015 ~7 min

Tags:  architecture  manufacturing  industry  profile  design  school-of-architecture-and-planning  staff  self-assembly

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 • mit
June 12, 2015 ~5 min

Tags:  robotics  robots  3-d-printing  research  school-of-engineering  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  computer-science-and-technology  computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail  self-assembly  distributed-robotics-laboratory

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