Bake your own robot - printable bots that self-assemble when heated

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Printable robots — those that can be assembled from parts produced by 3-D printers — have long been a topic of research in the lab of CSAIL Director Daniela Rus.

At this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Rus’ group and its collaborators introduce a new wrinkle on the idea: bakable robots.

In two new papers, the researchers demonstrate the promise of printable robotic components that, when heated, automatically fold into prescribed three-dimensional configurations.

Read more at MIT News: http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/bake-your-own-robot-0530

Take a look at the media coverage at Wired, Fast Company, Engadget and Computer World.