Shape-Shifting Crystals Can Transform Into Any 3D Shape

Scientists from the United States Air Force Research Lab have developed an new transparent material (a new type of a liquid crystal elastomer (LCE)) that can be programmed to form any shape. Snip from Popular Mechanics:

The sheet expands upwards, morphing into a pre-programmed 3d shape that’s tough yet springy (like a rubber-band) and more than a hundred times thicker than before. For a study out in Science today, the material’s creators programmed it to transform into a mini quartet of mountains—and as it forms the four peaks, it lifts a slate of glass 175 times its own weight.

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