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Laptop screens that roll up? New metamorphic structures have many applications

According to an article published on September 25, 2006 in ScienceDaily, a group of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a series of unique, shape-shifting structures that can be used as screens for monitors that roll up (like laptop screens). ), reusable packaging, roll-up keyboards and self-assembling temporary habitats.

These structures, also known as 'metamorphic' structures, allow multiple configurations without the need for complex parts or sophisticated fabrications. Keith Seffen from the Engineering Department has developed the structures and is currently studying various applications for their ingenious behavior together with his collaborator Dr. Simon Guest and Alex Norman, a graduate student.

According to Dr. Seffen: “They offer important metamorphic capabilities, while preserving their structural integrity. Its manufacture is simple and its operation does not depend on advanced materials. They offer compact and inexpensive solutions for multifunction devices, which must be strong and light, but at the same time foldable. "

With an ordinary sheet of metal, Dr. Seffen can produce structures without moving parts, but which can take at least two different stable shapes and self-locking. For example, an A5-size flat screen can be transformed into a tube so that it can be carried in a suitcase or bag.

Operation does not require hinges, latches or latches, and without these parts, production times and costs are reduced compared to traditional folding structures.

Source: Science Daily

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