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Sunday, October 24, 2021

"Today's shape-shifting materials and structures can only transition between a few stable configurations but we have shown how to create structural materials that have an arbitrary range of shape-morphing capabilities," said L Mahadevan, the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and of Physics and senior author of the paper. "These structures allow for independent control of the geometry and mechanics, laying the foundation for engineering functional shapes using a new type of morphable unit cell."



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It it can't even kill a kid name John Connor, what is the point?

#1 | Posted by jakester at 2021-10-24 07:53 PM | Reply

Goatblat thinks "Terminator" is a documentary. What a dope.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-24 07:54 PM | Reply

Curious stuff.

More from the article...

...The researchers dubbed the assembly as "totimorphic materials" because of their ability to morph into any stable shape. The researchers connected individual unit cells with naturally stable joints, building 2D and 3D structures from individual totimorphic cells.

The researchers used both mathematical modeling and real-world demonstrations to show the material's shape-shifting ability. The team demonstrated that one single sheet of totimorphic cells can curve up, twist into a helix, morph into the shape of two distinct faces and even bear weight....

It can even bear weight? That is significant.

"totimorphic" - that's an interesting word. Searches on it seem to only point to this research, so it seems to be a made-up word here.

But the etymological side of me got curious...

I found something close...

totipalmate (tt-plmt)
Having webbing that connects all four toes, as in waterbirds such as pelicans, gannets, and -------.
[Latin totus, whole; see total + palmate.]
totipalmation n.

So it seems the researchers want to convey the concept of "whole" or "entire."

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-24 08:15 PM | Reply

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