Harvard Researchers Design Transformable 3­D Material

3D Origami

In the future, we will be able to program our favorite wearables and objects. Take this transformable material designed by Harvard researchers. It can change size, volume, and shape. The material can withstand the weight of an elephant without breaking. Here is what the researchers had to say about it:

We’ve designed a three-dimensional, thin-walled structure that can be used to make foldable and reprogrammable objects of arbitrary architecture, whose shape, volume and stiffness can be dramatically altered and continuously tuned and controlled

The potential for this technology is limitless. For instance, it could be used to build a wall that can become a window with the flick of a switch. The material can be embedded with thermal, dielectric, and other actuators. Harvard’s website has more on the story.

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