Entry Date:
June 21, 2011

Digital Materials and Assemblers

Principal Investigator Neil Gershenfeld

Project Website http://dma.cba.mit.edu/

The Center for Bits and Atoms has several research programs in the field of digital materials: bulk composites from digital parts with programmable material characteristics. This method has produced the lightest, strongest materials in existence, as well as ones with tunable and exotic responses to external and internal loads. Fabrication efficiency of these materials scales with the development of assembler robots that use the geometry of the lattice for locomotion and error-correction.