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Researchers demo 3D-printed, shape-shifting objects

Lucas Mearian | Aug. 24, 2016
The shape-shifting, 3D-printed objects could be used for medical devices, aerospace or computer circuitry

"We have these materials with 3D structures but they have extra smart properties; they can retain a memory of the previous structure," LLNL staff scientist James Lewicki said. "It opens up a whole new property set. If you can print with these polymer composites you can build things and electrically activate them to unfold. Instead of a dumb lump, you are left with this sentient, responsive material."

 

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