Collapsible "Buckliball" turns failure into functionality

Buckliball A toy inspired a new simple 3-D structure that can collapse reversibly. MITThis is a rhombicuboctahedron This squishy ball, inspired by an equally cute kid's toy, is a breakthrough in a new class of three-dimensional structures that can buckle reversibly. It starts out as an inflated sphere, and if you suck the air out of it, it buckles down along its dimples into a smaller ball 46 percent its original size. It looks sort of like a buckyball, so its creators at MIT nicknamed it a "buckliball." Structures that can predictably buckle have several useful applications. You could make a football stadium with an easily collapsible buckly dome, for instance. Or perhaps a soft robot with foldable joints or skin, or maybe small drug-delivering capsules that could morph and twist inside the body, or even synthetic molecules that can buckle just like viruses. A team of engineers at MIT wanted to figure out the simplest 3-D structure that can do this, and they thought of the Hoberman Twist-O, a pretty fun li

Collapsible "Buckliball" turns failure into functionality

Taking inspiration from a toy, a team of researchers at MIT have developed a new engineering structure that is mechanically unstable, yet collapses in a way that is predictable and reversible. ...

Fri 30 Mar 12 from Gizmag

Creating collapsible structures with no moving parts

A new 3D shape dubbed the buckliball could be used to make collapsible buildings or new kinds of drug containers

Tue 27 Mar 12 from Newscientist

'Buckliball' opens new avenue in design of foldable engineering structures

Motivated by the desire to determine the simplest 3-D structure that could take advantage of mechanical instability to collapse reversibly, a group of engineers at MIT and Harvard University ...

Mon 26 Mar 12 from Phys.org

'Buckliball' opens new avenue in design of foldable engineering structures, Tue 27 Mar 12 from Labspaces.net

Research: 'Buckliball' opens new avenue in design of foldable engineering structures, Mon 26 Mar 12 from e! Science News

Toy-inspired "Buckliball" paves the way towards a new class of engineering structures

Scientist at MIT and Harvard University teamed up to figure out what would be the simplest 3-D structure capable of collapsing and morphing due to instability. Their inspiration came after the ...

Tue 27 Mar 12 from ZME Science

Meet 'Buckliball,' a New Class of Engineered Structure Inspired By a Toy

Buckliball A toy inspired a new simple 3-D structure that can collapse reversibly. MITThis is a rhombicuboctahedron This squishy ball, inspired by an equally cute kid's toy, is a breakthrough ...

Tue 27 Mar 12 from Popular Science

Research: 'Buckliball' opens new avenue in design of foldable engineering structures

Inspired by a toy, the 'buckliball' -- a collapsible structure fabricated from a single piece of material -- represents a new class of 3-D, origami-like structures.

Mon 26 Mar 12 from ScienceDaily

Collapsible, single-piece material is new class of structure

Searching for the simplest 3-D structure that could take advantage of mechanical instability to collapse reversibly, a group of engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard ...

Mon 26 Mar 12 from R&D Mag

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