Metamaterial Mechanisms – 3D Grids with Mechanical Properties

Metamaterials are engineered 3D cell grids that have properties that are not found in nature. Recently, a group of Hasso-Plattner Institute researchers (supported by a Shapeways educational grant) enhanced metamaterial design to include mechanical functionality – the cell grids are designed with motion, shear and compressive forces in mind to accomodate specific functions (e.g. a door latch with one part/composite assembly).

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