By: Skylar Tibbits (Self-assembly Lab MIT), 2012
Material: Printed wood, textiles, flexible carbon fiber, & static & active Polymers
Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling
Manufactured by: Self-Assembly Lab, MIT

These programmable materials transform their shape and property autonomously. They consist of material compositions that are designed to become highly dynamic in both form and function.

Skylar Tibbits is the director of the Self-Assembly Lab housed at MIT’s International Design Center. The Self-Assembly Lab focuses on self-assembly and programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products and construction processes.

Skylar is a member of the faculty in the Department of Architecture, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaches “How to Make (Almost) Anything”, a seminar at MIT’s Media Lab, with Neil Gershenfeld. Skylar was recently awarded a 2014 Inaugural WIRED Fellowship, a 2014 Gifted Citizen award, a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award in 2013, a 2013 Architectural League Prize, The Next Idea Award at Ars Electronica 2013, the Visionary Innovation Award at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, a 2012 TED Senior Fellowship, and was named a Revolutionary Mind in SEED Magazine’s 2008 Design Issue