3D Printing of Microscopic Octopuses: Exploring the Possibilities of Smart Polymers
Making microscopic octopuses using a 3D Printer
The 3D-printed geckos and Octopuses, which are cute at first sight, could lead to new possibilities in areas such as biomedicine or microrobotics.
These printed microstructures were made using novel materials – known as smart polymers – whose mechanical and size properties can be adjusted on demand with great precision. These \”lifelike\” 3D structures were developed within the framework of \”3D Matter Made to Order\”, a Cluster of Excellence between Ruperto Carola, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
The ability to manufacture programmable materials whose properties can be adapted at will is highly desirable for many applications, says Dr. Eva Blasco Junior Professor and Group Leader at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering and Advanced Materials of Heidelberg University.