Today’s Spotlight features an image courtesy of the researchers.
A printable, self‑deforming material that changes its surface area in order to curve in two different directions simultaneously.
Today’s 3-D printers, in which devices rather like inkjet-printer nozzles deposit materials in layers to build up physical objects, are a great tool for designers building prototypes or small companies with limited product runs.
But they take a long time to produce objects that are more than a couple of centimeters in height, and many researchers believe that they’ll realize their full potential only when they can generate sheets of patterned materials that will automatically warp themselves into larger, more complex shapes.
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