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
Fabrication automation (which involves making new 3D printers and control software)
3D-printable material development and testing.
Our work on Design and Fabrication of Realistic, Presurgical Planning Models through Bitmap Printing was published in JOVE video journal!
Our paper on automated synthesis of pneumatic bending soft actuators was accepted for publication at Robosoft 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland!
Our paper on reduced-order modeling of HASEL-powered soft robotic systems was accepted for publication at Robosoft 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland!
Our paper on leveraging shell finite element simulations for simulation of pneumatic soft actuators was accepted for publication at Robosoft 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland!
Lawrence's entry took 2nd Place in the Grabcad / Ntopology 3D Printed Fixture or Tool Design Student Division
We are excited that our paper "A Seamless Workflow for Design and Fabrication of Multimaterial Pneumatic Soft Actuators" has been selected as a finalist of the IEEE CASE2021 Best Application Paper Award!
Our paper "Modeling of Contactless Bubble-Bubble Interactions in Microchannels with Integrated Inertial Pumps" was selected as Editor's Pick for Physics of Fluids!