Rational design of reconfigurable prismatic architected materials – Presented by Bas Overvelde, AMOLF

Rational design of reconfigurable prismatic architected materials – Presented by Bas Overvelde, AMOLF at the 2nd edition 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 1 February 2017 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

Advances in fabrication technologies are enabling the production of architected materials with unprecedented properties. An intriguing avenue is to incorporate internal mechanisms capable of reconfiguring their spatial architecture, therefore enabling tunable functionality. Inspired by the snapology origami-technique, in this talk we discuss a robust design strategy based on space-filling polyhedra to create 3D reconfigurable materials comprising a periodic assembly of rigid plates and elastic hinges. We systematically explore the mobility of the designed structures and identify a wide range of qualitatively different deformations and internal rearrangements. Given that the underlying principles are scale-independent, our strategy can be applied to design the next generation of reconfigurable structures and materials.

About Bas Overvelde
Between 2004 and 2012, Overvelde studied applied physics and mechanical engineering at the TU Delft, where he received both his BSc and MSc degrees in mechanical engineering cum laude. In April 2016, Overvelde finished his PhD in applied mathematics at Harvard University, after which he started his research group at AMOLF focusing on Soft Robotic Matter.

About AMOLF
AMOLF is one of the research laboratories of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). AMOLF’s mission is to initiate and perform leading fundamental research on novel strategically important complex molecular and materials systems, in partnership with Dutch academia and industry.

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