New shape-shifting material can move like a robot

dsc 0456b 1Australian engineers have developed a new class of smart textiles that can shape-shift and turn a two-dimensional material into three-dimensional structures.

The team from University of New South Wales Sydney’s Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering and Tyree Foundation Institute of Health Engineering have produced a material constructed from tiny soft artificial “muscles” – long silicon tubes filled with fluid that are manipulated to move via hydraulics.

For the full story, see the August 2022 edition of Smart Textiles & Wearables.


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