Bioinspired fiber-regulated composite with tunable permanent shape and shape memory properties via 3D magnetic printing

Luquan Ren, Bingqian Li, Zhengyi Song, Qingping Liu, Lei Ren, Xueli Zhou

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    Abstract

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) generally change shape from a temporary state to a permanent state, and the permanent shape is only determined by its initial form, which leads to the lack of design freedom for SMPs. In order to enrich morphing behavior and extend applications of SMPs, bioinspired design and fabrication methods need to be developed. Many biological dynamic materials enable shape changes ranging from bending, twisting to spiraling using site-specific aligned cellulose microfibers orientations. Here, we proposed an approach integrating bioinspired fiber architectures and varying 3D printing parameters into SMPs, to achieve tunable permanent shape and shape memory properties. The self-folded flower and sequentially deployed smart robotic hand have been developed to demonstrate the feasibility of our method. The proposed bioinspired SMPs, which is rarely seen in the previous reports, have intriguing fundamental properties and hold great potential for applications in soft actuators, smart textiles, wearable equipment, medical devices, and other intelligent apparatus.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)458-466
    Number of pages8
    JournalComposites. Part B: Engineering
    Volume164
    Early online date21 Jan 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

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