We’ve seen them multiple times in movies but have yet to nail down the creation of shape shifting automated robots in real life. Each year this idea advances but the rigidity factor seems to be what’s holding us back from creating the perfect robot. Up until now, robots have been created using hard materials, such as metal, which doesn’t allow for much flexibility; however, researchers may have found a material to better suit our needs and advance robots once again. The new material is made up of polyurethane foam and wax. It is a 3D printed phase changing material which will allow for manipulation of the softness or hardness of the structure. Researches have hope that this new element of softness will one day allow robots to even self-heal.
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