Metamaterial Mechanisms – Presented by Patrick Baudisch, Hasso Plattner Institute 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.
So far, metamaterials were understood as materials—we want to think of them as machines. We demonstrate metamaterial objects that perform a mechanical function. Such metamaterial mechanisms consist of a single block of material the cells of which play together in a well-defined way in order to achieve macroscopic movement. Our metamaterial door latch, for example, transforms the rotary movement of its handle into a linear motion of the latch. Our metamaterial Jansen walker consists of a single block of cells—that can walk. The key element behind our metamaterial mechanisms is a specialized type of cell, the only ability of which is to shear.
About Patrick Baudisch
Patrick Baudisch is a professor in Computer Science at Hasso Plattner Institute and chair of the human-computer interaction lab. His research focuses on interactive fabrication and haptics. Previously, he spent a decade at Microsoft Research and Xerox PARC. He has been an ACM distinguished scientist since 2014.
About Hasso Plattner Institute
IT Sytems Engineering Institute at Potsdam University.