[robotics-worldwide] [news] Popup Design Competition

Dan Aukes danaukes at seas.harvard.edu
Wed Jul 22 06:08:03 PDT 2015

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is pleased to 
announce a design competition (http://www.popupcad.org/competition/) 
revolving around "pop-up" robots to be held in the Fall.  This 
fabrication technique involves the use of laminated composites to create 
complex kinematics, embedded circuits, and self-folding, 
origami-inspired robots.  This technique has been facilitated through 
popupCAD (http://www.popupcad.org), a new design tool which facilitates 
the creation of laminate geometries and which can be used to generate 
and analyze designs for manufacuturability.

We are reaching out to researchers and teachers who might be interested 
in participating in one way or another by adding a component to their 
design courses or mentoring a team in their lab.  We will be adding 
content throughout the summer on the website so that, come fall, 
designers will have the basic tools they need to develop a laminate, 
"popup" device, and submit their designs, and so that teachers can add 
some popup-related content to their classes.

If you are interested in competing or participating through judging or 
mentoring, please register on the mailing list at 
http://www.popupcad.org/newsletter/ to stay up-to-date as deadlines and 
rules are announced, and as website content gets posted.  Also, if you 
know anyone who is teaching a course that could use it, who might be 
interested in judging or sponsoring the contest, or might want to 
participate in some other way, please feel free to pass this on.

popupCAD: http://www.popupcad.org/
competition: http://www.popupcad.org/competition/
pre-register: http://www.popupcad.org/newsletter/

Daniel M. Aukes
Technology Development Fellow
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Harvard University
danaukes at seas.harvard.edu <mailto:danaukes at seas.harvard.edu>

Robert Wood
Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Harvard University
rjwood at eecs.harvard.edu <mailto:rjwood at eecs.harvard.edu>

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