Scalable Soft Surface Capable of Reshaping Itself

Duke University researchers have tapped into a new potential for advanced fabrication with a thin, flexible material that is able to reshape itself and adapt to changing environments.

“We’re motivated by the idea of controlling material properties or mechanical behaviors of an engineered object on the fly, which could be useful for applications like soft robotics, augmented reality, biomimetic materials, and subject-specific wearables,” said Xiaoyue Ni , assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke.