Prosthetic Knowledge


Programmable Materials

“Project by Skylar Tibbits for MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab explores materials that can alter their shape under certain conditions, from carbon fiber and fabric to woodgrain.”

MIT’s self assembly lab has created materials that can change their shape under certain conditions. Materials include: carbon fiber, fabric and woodgrain.

Programmable materials are a very exciting new form of technology. Imagine a table that can put itself together, or a shirt that forms to the body that is wearing it… the possibilities are literally endless. The materials themselves are just as cost-effective as traditional materials, and the materials are programmable and include sensor technology that enables self-transformation.

Smart materials hold endless potential for a variety of industries. Architecture, apparel, product design, automotive and aerospace are all prime examples of industries that could benefit from programmable materials. Another benefit of this technology is the fact that the materials don’t require any bulky components such as batteries, motors and other electronics. The main goal behind this tech is to make natural materials behave in a robotic way without being robots themselves. This desire brings us in to a whole new realm of technological manipulation.

I am excited to see where this technology brings us in the near future.