Research Study: B

Topic: fabrication methods for soft materials

I propose a soft sculpture that explores the technique of Direct Ink Writing. Direct Ink writing is a method of 3D printing that is useful for multi-material prints and suitable for fabricating composites. This method can be used to embed thermochromic inks (color change from temperature change) into materials. I am interested in working with materials that use chemistry or physical inputs to react on their own, without the use of external sensors. In other words, the material itself becomes the sensor and the actuator. Independent of Electrical power, this kind of sculpture could truly go anywhere and need minimal maintenance.


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Yang, M., Pan, J., Luo, L., Xu, A., Huang, J., Xia, Z., . . . Wang, X. (2019). CNT/cotton composite yarn for electro-thermochromic textiles. Smart Materials and Structures, 28(8), 085003. doi:10.1088/1361-665x/ab21ef

Armstrong, C. D., Todd, N., Alsharhan, A. T., Bigio, D. I., & Sochol, R. D. (2020). A 3d printed morphing nozzle to control fiber orientation during composite additive manufacturing. Advanced Materials Technologies,6(1), 2000829. doi:10.1002/admt.202000829

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