Understanding the Metacube Through 3D Printing

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Understanding the Metacube Through 3D Printing

Type: Master thesis
Title: Understanding the Metacube Through 3D Printing
Author: Broeren, Freek
Issue Date: 2015
Keywords: Additive Manufacturing
Metamaterials
Mechanism
Folding
Abstract: We report the design and construction of a mechanism, consisting of rigid plates and freely hinging connectors, that is used to describe and study the motions of a mechanical metamaterial called the ‘metacube’. For this design, a novel method is used, where the mechanism is 3D printed and the accuracy is mechanically tested. We present an accurate mechanism that describes the motions of the metacube. This mechanism can be used to not only gain further understanding of the properties of the metacube, but also shows previously undiscovered properties of this mechanical metamaterial.
Supervisor: Hecke, Martin van
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Physics (Master)
Specialisation: Experimental Physics
ECTS Credits: 5
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/37070
 

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