CMU Researchers Create Self-Healing Material for Robots

Published by , May 28, 2018 12:36 pm

(WashingtonPost) Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say they may be one step closer to creating self-healing machines. They have created a self-healing material — composed of liquid metal droplets suspended in a soft rubber — that can spontaneously repair itself after sustaining “extreme mechanical damage.” The material is known as a “stretchable electronic,” an evolving technology that combines electronic circuits and sensors with flexible elastic material.
“If we want to build machines that are more compatible with the human body and the natural environment, we have to start with new types of materials,” said Carmel Majidi, an engineer at Carnegie Mellon University who directs the Integrated Soft Materials Laboratory.

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