California blackworms tangle themselves up by the thousands, then separate in a split second. Their trick may inspire the design of self-detangling materials and fibers.
The system’s simple repeating elements can assemble into swimming forms ranging from eel-like to wing-shaped.
Researchers make progress toward groups of robots that could build almost anything, including buildings, vehicles, and even bigger robots.
Researchers create a method for magnetically programming materials to make cubes that are very picky about what they connect with, enabling more-scalable self-assembly.
Department of Architecture doctoral candidate Lavender Tessmer has advanced the process to produce textiles that can be individually customized.
Their swirling, clustering behavior might someday inform the design of self-assembling robotic swarms.
The TESSERAE project, a design for self-assembling space structures and habitats, has sent prototypes to the International Space Station.
Self-assembly of Kevlar-inspired molecules leads to structures with robust properties, offering new materials for solid-state applications.
The subunits could be robotically assembled to produce large, complex objects, including cars, robots, or wind turbine blades.
In the Maldives, an MIT team is conducting experiments to combat sea-level rise by redirecting natural sand movement.
Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.