Metamaterial – Heat-Induced Shrinkage

Heat is a powerful force that can affect a material in many ways. For example, almost all solid materials when heated, inevitably expand. It is only in very rare instances certain materials do the opposite and actually shrink when heated. It is this class of “metamaterials” a team of engineers are interested in. (Learn more:…)

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Video produced and edited by: Melanie Gonick/MIT
Printed structures images and videos: Qiming Wang/USC
Computer simulations: Qiming Wang/USC
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