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About the Lab

Hi everyone, thanks for your interest in the Matter Assembly Computation Lab! Our research in the MACLab is motivated by the observation that designing robots, and electromechanical systems, is difficult, time-consuming, and requires a great deal of experience. Practitioners need to be skilled in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Instead, what if making a robot could be as easy as specifying the behaviors or capabilities you want, asking software tools to design the robot, and then printing the robot? This is the overall inspiration for what we’re trying to do in the MACLab.

In support of this general goal we work in several research subareas:

  • Design automation for multimaterial fabrication

  • Multimaterial simulation

  • Fabrication automation (which involves making new 3D printers and control software)

  • 3D-printable material development and testing.

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Our paper "Modeling of Contactless Bubble-Bubble Interactions in Microchannels with Integrated Inertial Pumps" was selected as Editor's Pick for Physics of Fluids!


Our paper "Modeling of Contactless Bubble-Bubble Interactions in Microchannels with Integrated Inertial Pumps" was published in Physics of Fluids!


Brandon and team won second place in Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Competition!


Professor MacCurdy was interviewed on the IEEE Soft Robotics Podcast!


Professor MacCurdy was issued a US patent on hybrid 3D printing methods System and methods for additive manufacturing of electromechanical assemblies
R MacCurdy, H Lipson
US Patent 10,645,812 2020


Our paper about digital evolution was published in MIT press Artificial Life journal The surprising creativity of digital evolution: A collection of anecdotes from the evolutionary computation and artificial life research communities
J Lehman, J Clune, D Misevic, C Adami, L Altenberg, J Beaulieu, ...
Artificial Life 26 (2), 274-306     133    2020


Our paper demonstrating a fully 3D-printed, self-sensing multimaterial soft actuator was published in RAL.  A Fabrication Free, 3D Printed, Multi-Material, Self-Sensing Soft Actuator T Hainsworth, L Smith, S Alexander, R MacCurdy IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 5 (3), 4118-4125 2020


Brandon was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!


Brandon was selected for honerable mention for NDSEG fellowship!


Professor MacCurdy was issued a US patent on software-defined radio-frequency tracking methods  Programmable tracking device and related methods R MacCurdy, S Powell, R Gabrielson, D Winkler US Patent 10,132,931