Morphing Matter Lab

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Industrial Design
Physical Prototyping


All projects done through lab collaboration

Lining Yao

Spring 2018
— Present

Morphing Matter Lab Research

Morphing Matter lab develops materials, tools, and applications of adaptive, dynamic and intelligent morphing matter from nano to macro scales.

In the last year, I have had the pleasure of taking part in the Morphing Matter Lab, engaging in projects and turning what could be a fictional future into the present day through a blend of design and engineering.



Geodesy — Transforming Surfaces and Forms through 4D Printing

— Focused on extending the capabilities of FDM-based 4D printing, this project focuses on the morphing of continuous double-curvature surfaces or surface textures. Flatly printed 3D prints transform and can be manipulated from specific print patterns into complex shapes and textures.

Paper is available upon request. Accepted to CHI 2019.



Paper Actuator — Giving Paper Life

The paper actuator project developed in our lab can be easily embedded into everyday objects to enable new types of paper-based shape-changing interfaces that exhibit motion, transformation, and rich interactions such as pop-up books, toys, origami robots, and lampshades.

— It aims to transform and expend what we know of paper today by merging it with the behaviors of thermo-plastics; bringing new life to an old material.

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