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Architecture is Moving Closer to Self-Assembly Structures

By on March 2, 2013

Developed by a group of MIT, researchers are working on self-assembly structures and how to move them to a larger scale.

Although the title may seem the stuff of science fiction or related with Transformers, the truth is that it is very real. Although made on a small scale does not impress much and we are waiting to see it in homes and other infrastructure.

The theme of self-assembly is more by the desire to find a memorable name than anything physical. Do not trespass the barrier of time or anything. They call 4D Printing 3D printing does not print a single object but is one based on multiple parts of different materials. These materials come together to create the object, which is also programmed to act a certain way when immersed in water.

All this work requires to optimize the level design of the particles. All be built with extreme precision so that when placing the bending shapes of water as required. Whole design is analyzed by software and when printing is much studied to where you are going and how each part will be folded. Because no recall that the motor moves, only the shape and contact with water.

This has a group of MIT researchers led by Skylar Tibbits in a process called Self Assembly in which parts of a structure build disordered structure based on local interaction. To achieve this they have determined that the key elements of construction are blocks that respond to stimuli, energy and interactions that can be designed in almost any material. Furthermore, the processes are independent of the scale of the material.

This means that in the future we could see in construction applications, robotics, biology, etc.. For now, it is being tested in small buildings such as houses and later we could see skyscrapers and largest projects.

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