RoboLeaf at Haystack Labs 2022

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION: RoboLeaf imagines a tree that can protect itself from invasive insects like the spongy moth caterpillar. Fabricated from a thick paper, the leaf’s origami folds are scored on a laser cutter. The leaf opening and closing is automated through the use of a fiber that silently contracts when heated or sent an electric current.

The thread is under development by Jack Forman. (Paper to be published this fall).

For a great tutorial on how to score paper with a laser cutter:

The fold was developed by Jenn Karson, with support from the text:

The mechanism for sending current to the thread was developed by xxx and is documented in this video:

PROJECT PARTICIPANTS: Jennifer Karson, Jack Forman, Annet Cowenberg, Alan Grover, … 

PROJECT LINKS: include google page. Link to any other useful information, related research, etc. 

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms developed and piloted an experimental residential program that brought together artists and scientists to take over the campus and explore the integration of emerging technologies and processes. Here are some of my personal highlights from the 2022 residency.

4D Printing Group Videos!

Jack Demos the Thread. Heat makes it contract, when it cools it goes back to its original length.
Using the thread to actuate a valley fold.

Alan uses Gershenfeld MODs to actuates Jenn’s beta model for a leaf that protects itself (using Jack’s thread).