Flat-Pack Structures Self-Assemble With A Jolt Of Electricity [Video]
Scientists have developed flat pack structures that can autonomously assemble into 3D shapes when linked to an electrical current.
Anyone who has wrestled with an IKEA wardrobe knows that flat-packed structures are not the easiest to assemble. Nowadays you can 3D print a whole product, but if you need it to travel compactly, it needs to be able to be flat-packed. Researchers at MIT, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a series of flat objects that can build themselves when they are stimulated with an electrical current.