Skylar Tibbits makes things that make themselves.

In this new video — part of a series chronicling the day-to-day adventures of TED Fellows — TED Fellow Tibbits reveals some of the mesmerizing, wacky, and revolutionary materials coming out of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, where his team prints objects with “memory” that dynamically respond to stimulation.

Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.

Recently, the Self-Assembly Lab has produced some delightfully brainy creations, like a strand of material that folds itself into any number of Crambin protein structures when thrown into the air. (Crambin proteins, if you didn’t know, are seed storage proteins for a type of cabbage. But you already knew that, didn’t you?)

Watch the whole video here»

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