Instead of just working on improving what 3D printers are capable of, researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut are also finding ways to make everyday objects more 3D printer-friendly, including those that rely on moving parts that can’t be reproduced during the printing process.

So how do you replicate an object that moves when you’ve eliminated all of its moving parts? By using something called metamaterials which rely on an internal grid of cells, aligned in specific patterns, to give them mechanical properties. The Hasso-Plattner-Institut researchers took things one step further by developing metamaterials that allowed for repetitive and pre-defined directional movement, in order to replicate specific motions or movement.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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This Simple 3D-Printed Door Handle Works Without Any Moving Parts

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