CMU Researchers 3D Print Telescopc Structures that Bend & Twist

Published by , August 1, 2017 10:34 am

(CarnegieMellon) Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used 3D printing to create telescopic structures that can bend and twist. Their new technique was used to create collapsible robots shaped like lizards and octopuses. By creating nested pieces with circular cross sections—similar to a sailor’s spyglass—the Carnegie Mellon researchers were able to make individual curved segments rotate, adding 3D twists to what otherwise would be 2D shapes.
“Telescoping mechanisms are useful for designing deployable structures,” said Keenan Crane, assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon. “They can collapse down into really small volumes and, when you need them, are easily expanded.” The research will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2917

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