The three self-assembling objects: a pyramid, a self-locking tab and slot, and a crane
The composite sheets used to construct the hinges with A being the polymer, B the silicone tape, C the heating element, and D the paper substrate
Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory is developing 2D objects that can give themselves an extra dimension
Sure, flat-pack furniture is inexpensive and easy to transport, but when you open the box the first question almost everyone asks is, “Wouldn't it be great if it would assemble itself?” You could get a robot to help, but engineers at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory are working on ways to get objects to assemble themselves ... and they might give 3D printing a run for its money at the same time.
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