Gallery: Harvard Creates Self-Assembling Miniature Bee Robots from Pop-...


Harvard researchers recently created a miniature mechanized bee called the Monolithic Bee or MoBee using a new technology that produces self-assembling three dimensional machines from flat sets of components. The bee robot is assembled using layers of differing materials on an assembly scaffold – the body of the bee folds together like a pop-up book, and once released from the scaffold it becomes an autonomous, ridged 3-D object whose wings flap when electrical current is applied. The technology could be used to create complex devices using manufacturing techniques similar to those used to make circuit boards.

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