Corentin Coulais, FOM Institute AMOLF, Presents: “Designing and fabricating Flexible Metamaterials to bridge the gap between Matter and Machine”

Because of the processes that form them, natural and artificial materials are always periodic or fully disordered, which limits their potential in particular to perform complex and controllable mechanical tasks (e.g. change of shape). Here we introduce a combinatorial strategy, which we combine with 3D printing of flexible materials to create three-dimensional materials, with a controlled level of disorder. Thanks to a complex spatial arrangement of flexible units (“voxels”), our 3D aperiodic materials can be programmed to exhibit novel “pixel” mechanics. Continue reading “Corentin Coulais, FOM Institute AMOLF, Presents: “Designing and fabricating Flexible Metamaterials to bridge the gap between Matter and Machine””