Project: Make Actuated Paper

Actuated paper is a type of programmable material that can move on its own with the help of embedded shape memory material.

What It Does

Actuated paper can fold and refold itself into various shapes as needed. Researchers are studying ways to use it for all-purpose robots that can alter their shape as needed. Transformable robots would be very handy on space missions and other places where getting new supplies could be difficult. Artists and designers are also using actuated paper to make kinetic sculptures and furnishings. By adding sensors and other electronics, it’s possible to create actuated paper structures ...

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