Researchers at Potsdam, Germany’s Hasso-Plattner-Institut are using 3D printed objects to open new doors – literally. Check out this 3D printed door handle:
“We push the concept of metamaterials further by creating objects that allow for controlled directional movement,” said a statement from the institute. “This allows users to create objects that perform mechanical functions. Our objects thereby implement devices that transform input forces and movement into a desired set of output forces and movement – also known as mechanisms.”
Metamaterial mechanisms are comprised of a single block of material, the cells of which work together in a well-defined way to achieve macroscopic movement.
“Our metamaterial door latch, for example, transforms the rotary movement of its handle into a linear motion of the latch,” the institute researchers noted.
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